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Killer jailed for stabbing man at Coventry pizza restaurant

Joseph Johnson Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Joseph Johnson had been intent on violence the night he killed Liam McGerrigan, police said

A man has been jailed for stabbing and killing a man as he left a pizza restaurant with his friend.

Joseph Johnson, 25, was found guilty of murdering 27-year-old Liam McGerrigan in Coventry in June.

The victim and a friend were set upon as they walked to a car. He got to his friend's house but died in his arms.

Johnson, of no fixed address, admitted manslaughter but denied murder. He was jailed for life and told he would serve at least 25 years.

Michael Bullingham, 33, of Banner Lane, also stood trial for murder by joint enterprise but was found not guilty.

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Mr McGerrigan was stabbed in the chest but managed to get back to a house in Holyhead Road before he died.

Image copyright Liam McGerrigan's family
Image caption Liam McGerrigan had been helping a friend with some DIY on the evening he was stabbed

Det Insp Shaun Egan, from West Midlands Police, said on the night Mr McGerrigan died he had been helping his friend with some DIY.

"Johnson was intent on violence that night and had been driving around the area where he had armed himself with a knife and hammer," he said.

"The motive for that attack will always remain unclear and this is a tragic case."

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