Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Sean Bailey jailed for Waterlooville party stab murder

Sean Bailey - Police release picture
Image caption Sean Bailey was arrested two days after the stabbing following an appeal by police

A man has been jailed for life with a minimum of 19 years for murdering a father during a disturbance at a Hampshire party.

Simon Warton, 27, from Orsmond Close, Waterlooville, was found injured in the Dove Close area early on 12 April. He died from a stab wound.

Sean Bailey, 29, from Waterlooville, was convicted of murder on Friday.

He was arrested in a flat in Havant two days after the attack following a public appeal to trace him by police.

Det Insp Guy Robyns: "Evidence heard in the trial showed Sean Bailey to be a very violent individual.

'Good son'

"This murder appeared to be fuelled by possessiveness of his girlfriend and jealousy of her apparently just communicating with other male friends on Facebook.

Image caption Mr Warton's mother Dawn said he had a "great sense of humour"

"I am grateful to Simon Warton's family for their strength and support during this case."

The judge at Winchester Crown Court handed Bailey a life sentence and told him he must serve a minimum of 19 years.

At the time of his death Mr Warton's mother Dawn said: "All of us know Simon had a great sense of humour and was a fun-loving person.

"Simon always tried to be a good son and he adored his daughter."

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