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Man murdered housemate in 'slammed door' row

  • 24 March 2014
  • From the section London
Paul Floyd Marshall
Image caption Marshall stabbed his housemate in the neck following an argument

A man who killed his housemate after a row over a slammed door has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

Paul Floyd Marshall, 51, from Enfield, north London, was convicted by a jury at the Old Bailey of murdering Orvil Brown, 47.

The pair, who shared a house in Elmhurst Road, had an argument on 12 July about a door that had been slammed, police said.

A fight ensued that led to Marshall stabbing Mr Brown in the neck.

Officers received a number of calls about the incident, including one from a neighbour who overheard the argument and another from a housemate who returned home to find Mr Brown lying in a pool of blood in the hallway.

Image caption Orvil Brown died from a stab wound to the neck and hypovolaemic shock

Marshall also called the police and stated he had been involved in the incident.

Police and paramedics arrived at the property at around 02:15 GMT and found Mr Brown, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers found the murder weapon in the front garden.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as a stab wound to the neck and hypovolaemic shock.

Det Ch Insp Dave Whellams, of the Metropolitan Police, said: "Marshall callously stabbed Orvil Brown over what appears to be a trivial argument about a slammed door.

"I hope that today's conviction will bring a small amount of solace to Orvil's family."

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