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Jason Scott Cooke stabbing: Two men jailed for park stabbing

Peter Clinton and Damen McDonough
Image caption Peter Clinton (l) and Damen McDonough were jailed for killing Jason Scott Cooke

Two men have been jailed for killing a man at a park in December 2011.

Jason Scott Cooke, 23, of Sutton Farm, Shrewsbury, was stabbed five times at the town's Monkmoor recreation ground and died soon after arriving at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Peter Clinton, 25, of Caradoc View, Hanwood, was jailed for life with a minimum of 20 years for murder.

Damen McDonough, 24, of Darville, Shrewsbury was sentenced to 10 years in jail for manslaughter.

'Senseless' death

Both men were convicted on Monday after a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

A third man, Aaron Doran, was cleared of manslaughter, but along with the other two was earlier convicted of aggravated burglary at a property in Abbots Road, Monkmoor, on 27 December 2011, the same day as the attack on Mr Cooke.

Det Insp Steve Tonks, of West Mercia Police, said Mr Cooke's "senseless" death had followed an agreement by two groups of men to meet up at the recreation ground "to sort out their differences".

He said some of the men were armed with knives and axes.

Doran, 25, of Cornmill Square, Shrewsbury, was jailed for 12 months for the burglary, but is expected to be released almost immediately due to time spent on remand.

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