Kent

Ex-lover's son murderer Jurijs Popovs jailed

Jurijs Popovs
Image caption Jurijs Popovs was jailed for stabbing Dimitri Titovs to death

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his former girlfriend's son.

Jurijs Popovs, 47, stabbed Dimitri Titovs, 21, to death following an argument in the early hours of New Year's Day.

He was found guilty last month following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Popovs, of London Road in Teynham, was told he would serve a minimum term of 17 years, less the 250 days he has already spent on remand.

Kent Police said Popovs had been living with Mr Titovs' mother and the two men did not get along. Mr Titovs was found fatally wounded outside the property.

Following the verdict, Det Ch Insp Jon Clayden said Popovs had denied murder despite being arrested minutes after Mr Titovs was found dying from a stab wound to his chest.

He said witnesses had also seen him with a large knife.

"It appears this very sad incident all stemmed from some bad feeling between Popovs and Dimitri," he said.

"The attack lasted just seconds but cost a young man his life and left his loved ones struggling to pick up the pieces."

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