Ben Edgar sentenced for fatal stabbing of mother's partner

Ben Edgar
Image caption Ben Edgar held a "grudge" against Mark Wood according to police

A 20-year-old man, who fatally stabbed his mother's partner in Bolton, has been jailed for life.

Ben Edgar, of Ashton Street, Little Lever, was convicted of murder at an earlier hearing and received a life sentence with a 12-year minimum term.

Mark Wood, 28, was found with a stab wound to the neck in Ashton Street, Little Lever, on 12 June and died later in hospital.

Police said that Edgar had a "grudge" against Mr Wood.

A home office pathologist said Mr Wood died as a result of the stab wound.

After sentencing at Manchester Crown Court, Det Insp Andy Cunliffe, said: "Ben Edgar held a grudge against Mark Wood because of the fraught relationship between Mark and his mother.

Image caption Mr Wood was stabbed in the neck

"Edgar had previously stated that he would harm Mark and on the night in question he armed himself with a large knife and stabbed him."

He added: "A family has been torn apart and a much-loved son, brother and father has been killed and I would like to express my deepest sympathy to them.

"Whilst no sentence will ever bring Mark back, they can take comfort in the fact that justice has been done."

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