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David Carpenter 'lawfully killed' in row with partner

A verdict of lawful killing has been recorded at the inquest into the death of a man who was stabbed by his ex-girlfriend's new partner during a row at their home.

West Midlands Police said David Carpenter, 47, died from a single stab wound to the chest.

Mr Carpenter, with his nephew Mitchell While, forced entry into the couple's home in Graham Road, Halesowen, on 3 February 2013, police said.

Police said it was an "unusual case".

A man was initially charged with murdering Mr Carpenter, but the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the charge saying there was not enough evidence to convict him, police said.

In October, While, 29, admitted common assault at Wolverhampton Crown Court and was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

Det Sgt Harry May said: "This is a highly unusual case and it is very tragic that David Carpenter lost his life.

"But his aggressive behaviour - and that of While - by forcing their way into someone's home, led to this terrible outcome."

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