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Man jailed over pub stab murder
A 44-year-old man who murdered a fellow drinker in a pub toilet in Staffordshire has been jailed for life.

Paul Hopewell admitted stabbing Paul Barbour, 29, in the Barley Mow in Church Road, Biddulph, on 25 October.

Stafford Crown Court heard how he knifed Mr Barbour in the groin and stomach after the victim made a comment about Hopewell's dead son.

The judge ordered that the 44-year-old, of Slater Street, Biddulph, should serve a minimum sentence of 10 years.

Reservoir death

The court was told that Hopewell went home from the pub to get a knife after the initial confrontation.

He returned to the pub and followed his victim into the toilet, where the attack happened.

Mr Barbour, of Rosemary Street, Pitts Hill, Stoke-on-Trent, died from stomach wounds in the early hours of 26 October.

The court heard that Hopewell's son, who was also called Paul, drowned four years ago in a reservoir in Knypersley, Staffordshire, after being made to jump from a bridge.

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