Bootle man cleared of neighbour's stabbing murder

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Terry Stenson
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Terry Stenson died of multiple stab wounds

A man who stabbed his neighbour, before dragging his body to an outhouse, has been cleared of murder.

Philip Thompson stabbed 19-year-old Terry Stenson repeatedly after the pair got into a confrontation at the defendant's home in Bootle, Merseyside.

The 29-year-old, who admitted manslaughter, claimed he retaliated after being provoked.

He was found not guilty of murder by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

The court was told that police had been called following reports of a disturbance at the house on Partington Avenue.

Thompson was found mopping up blood and claimed Mr Stenson had run away.

In fact, he had dragged his victim through the house and hid him in the outhouse where he was eventually found by officers.

He died in hospital later from multiple stab wounds, a post-mortem examination revealed.

Thompson was remanded in custody on Tuesday and will be sentenced on 28 June.

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