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'Coward' jailed for stabbing murder in Nottingham

Jonathan Jones Image copyright Nottinghamshire Police
Image caption Police said Jonathan Jones was "dangerous and aggressive"

A "deceitful coward" who killed a man with a single stab to the neck has been jailed for life.

Jonathan Jones, 39, of Barbury Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, stabbed John Parker as he walked through St Ann's with his girlfriend on 31 May.

Mr Parker died as a result of severe blood loss at the Queen's Medical Centre.

Jones was found guilty of murder after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court and must serve at least 21 years in prison.

'Aggressive individual'

Police said minutes after the attack, Jones burst into the home of a woman and made her clean the six cm (2.3in) knife, before forcing her to wrap it in plastic bags and dispose of it in a drain.

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Speaking outside court, Det Ch Insp Leigh Sanders, said: "Jonathan Jones was absolutely pitiless in the way he killed John Parker and then attempted to cover his tracks by coercing a friend to dispose of the weapon.

"Following his arrest, he continued to try and evade prosecution by blaming the killing on another person within his circle of friends."

The court heard Jones and Mr Parker, 43, had a confrontation in the city centre half an hour before the stabbing.

Jones was one of four people to approach Mr Parker as he waited outside Burger King in Upper Parliament Street. He was seen by witnesses to punch Mr Parker in the face before walking off.

Det Ch Insp Sanders added: "Jones is clearly a dangerous and aggressive individual but also a deceitful coward, who was prepared to bully and betray his own friends in order to try and cover his own crime."

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