Man jailed for life for party-goer murder in Holloway
A man who stabbed a party-goer at a pub in north London has been jailed for life at the Old Bailey.
Jonathan Brierley, 45, of Staplehurst, Kent, was at a birthday party when he was attacked at the Landseer Pub in Landseer Road, Archway, last December.
Jeremiah Watson, 35, of Kingsdown Road, Archway, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 24 years.
He had gatecrashed the party but was thrown out. He returned with a knife and stabbed Mr Brierley, police said.
The victim was an "innocent bystander" who was not involved in the previous altercation, the Metropolitan Police said.
In a statement the victim's family said: "Jonathan will always be in hearts", adding that the sentence has "given us the strength to carry on with our lives".
Det Insp Mark Lawson, of the Homicide of Serious Crime Command, said: "This was a cowardly and senseless attack on an innocent man who had done absolutely nothing wrong to warrant this level of violence.
"Watson has shown no remorse during this trial and shown a complete disregard for the victim and impact it has had on the family."