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Doorstep killer Wayne Smith jailed for murder of ex-wife's new partner

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Image caption Wayne Smith must serve at least 28 years

A man has been jailed for life for murdering his estranged wife's new partner when he answered the front door of his house in Merseyside.

Jonathan Britton, 43, died in hospital after he was stabbed at his home in Paton Close, West Kirby, in December.

Wayne Smith, 38, of Seymour Street, Birkenhead, had denied murder but was found guilty by the jury at Liverpool Crown Court and must serve 28 years.

Smith was caught on CCTV in a chip shop telling a friend about what had done.

Mr Britton had been having a relationship with Sarah Arbon, Smith's estranged wife, the court heard.

Smith had been unable to accept the break-up and the court heard he confronted Mr Britton about the affair several times.

On the night of the murder Mr Britton answered the doorbell at about 20:45 GMT and was confronted by Smith who stabbed, breaking the knife.

Smith claimed he had been playing board games with his friend Stephen Hatton at Hatton's house in Birkenhead at the time of the killing.

Hatton initially told police Smith had been with him on the night of the murder, but CCTV showed the two ordering food in a takeaway.

Hatton, 23, who had admitted giving Smith a false alibi, was jailed for six months for perverting the course of justice and assisting an offender.

Judge Mrs Justice Carr said Smith had committed "a cold-blooded murder".

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Image caption Wayne Smith was caught on CCTV in a chip shop with Stephen Hatton

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