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Teenager who stabbed a Coventry man to death jailed

A teenager who stabbed a man to death in a row over a games console in Coventry has been jailed for 7 years.

.Levi Whitmore-Wills knifed Patrick Hill, 23, after the victim and his brother bumped into him and tried to sell him a PlayStation.

An argument erupted when the three arrived at Whitmore-Wills’ flat on Brunswick Road, Earlsdon.

Whitmore-Wills, who was 18 at the time and originally from Brinklow, could not find his bank card to pay the brothers, who got frustrated and said they would be leaving.

The teenager head-butted Mr Hill, leaving him dazed.

Mr Hill’s brother saw Whitmore-Wills holding a knife and left, followed by Mr Hill, who then said: “I’ve just been stabbed”.

Police were called at around 2.40am on 10 February by Whitmore-Wills’ partner who said there had been a stabbing.

Police arrived to find Mr Hill lying on grass outside the property with a two-inch stab wound to his upper chest.

Officers followed a trail of blood to Whitmore-Wills’ flat, where they found him with a cut to his left hand.

He said he had acted in self-defence and in interview said he had not even realised he had stabbed the victim.

Mr Hill was taken to hospital but died on 13 February.

Whitmore-Wills, now 19, denied murder, but entered a guilty plea to manslaughter and was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Leamington Spa Justice Centre.

In a statement today, Mr Hill’s relatives said: “As a family we are devastated that Patrick has been taken away so cruelly. 

“His life was ended so brutally and quickly and this did not need to happen. 

“Patrick was a grandson, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend. He was not a violent person and everyone needs to realise the devastation caused by carrying or using knives. More than Patrick's life was taken that day.” 

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