Damien Hill sentenced to life for murder of Guy Hamilton

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Damien Hill said he had no recollection of how his friend came to be injured

A man has been sentenced to life for murdering his friend with a machete, after the pair had earlier watched a football match and drank together.

Guy Hamilton, 35, was found seriously injured at his home in Meetings View, Ormsgill, Barrow-in-Furness, in April.

Damien Hill denied murder, but was found guilty following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

The 45-year-old, of no fixed address, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 16 years.

The trial heard that earlier in the day the pair had been watching Barrow play football before going drinking in a local pub.

They were later heard laughing and joking while at a convenience store.

The friends went on to Mr Hamilton's home, and at 09:44 GMT he called a taxi, but eight minutes later he dialled 999.

Although he had suffered a serious injury to his throat he managed to leave the house and alert neighbours.

The court was told that while they battled to save his life a man answering Hill's description was seen to be standing outside the victim's house, smoking a cigarette.

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Guy Hamilton was attacked with a three-foot-long machete

In police interviews Hill said he could not recall being with his friend when he was injured and did not know what had happened to him.

He was found guilty at the end of a week-long trial.

In a statement, Mr Hamilton's mother Elizabeth Rawlinson said: "I was very proud to call Guy my son.

"The jury found Hill guilty of murder and we feel the sentence is appropriate. Justice has been done for our son Guy."

Det Ch Furzana Nazir, from Cumbria Police, said: "I'd like to take this opportunity to highlight the dangers of collecting or owning machetes or large knives.

"As Guy's death demonstrates, in the wrong hands these can be used against you and sadly lead to a fatality."

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