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Middleton man jailed for 14 years for Leeds flat fight death

Ashley Twist Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Ashley Twist pleaded guilty to killing Adam Rider

A man who stabbed his friend to death has been jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Ashley Twist, 24, stabbed Adam Rider, 22, in the stomach during a fight at the Citispace building on Regent Street, Leeds, on 22 May.

Twist, of Acre Road, Middleton, was jailed for 10 years for manslaughter at Leeds Crown Court and sentenced to four years in jail for a separate assault.

Mrs Justice McGowan ordered the sentences to be served consecutively.

The judge also told Twist he would have to serve a four year extended licence period.

Det Ch Insp Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Adam Rider's death was completely unnecessary and was the result of a violent confrontation between people who knew each other.

"It once again highlights the very tragic consequences of people resorting to violence, particularly involving knives and particularly when under the influence of drink and drugs.

"Twist is clearly a dangerous individual who was prepared to use extreme violence and the court has recognised the risk he presents by imposing a significant prison sentence on him."

Twist pleaded guilty to both offences at a previous hearing.

Image caption Adam Rider died from a stab wound to the stomach at the Citispace apartments on Regent Street, Leeds

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