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Man jailed for killing ex-soldier in party knife attack

Troy Ktori Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Troy Ktori was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter

A man who stabbed an ex-soldier to death when a drug-fuelled house party turned violent has been jailed for 12 years.

Troy Ktori, 27, was sentenced after Charles McInally, 55, was pronounced dead at Brewers Square in Edgbaston, Birmingham, in August.

Ktori, of Shenstone Road, Edgbaston, was convicted of manslaughter.

Matthew Roper, 25, and Crystal Jeffries, 30, also of Shenstone Road, admitted assisting an offender.

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Roper was jailed for 20 months and Jeffries' 20-month prison term was suspended for two years.

Ktori was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter, after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Image copyright McInally family
Image caption Charles McInally was stabbed in the throat

He will be bound by an extended five-year licence period upon his release.

Ktori left Mr McInally with a fatal neck wound hours after the former soldier invited him, Roper and Jeffries to his Edgbaston home after a chance meeting in a Smethwick pub, West Midlands Police said.

Mr McInally's family said the former 11 Signals officer had recently moved to Birmingham to start a new job.

Police said Ktori had lunged with a knife at a housemate, leaving him with a cut hand, and had stabbed Mr McInally in the throat.

Ktori went on the run with Roper and Jeffries and he spent several days living in a tent in the Worcestershire countryside, the force said.

Sgt Ian Wilkins, from West Midlands Police's homicide team, said: "Mr McInally's family would like to say that they are understandably devastated by the untimely death of their son and brother.

"Although disappointed by the verdict of the court, they now have a degree of closure."

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