Surrey

Walton-on-Thames man admits killing stepfather

Rachid Riahi
Image caption Riahi was jailed for six-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter

A painter and decorator has admitted killing his stepfather at the family home in Surrey.

Kevin Francis, 49, was discovered with stab wounds by emergency workers called to his home in Hurtwood Road, Walton-on-Thames, on 6 October 2009.

His stepson, Rachid Riahi, 30, denied murder but admitted manslaughter at his re-trial at Luton Crown Court.

The retrial was ordered after a jury failed to reach a verdict during his murder trial at the Old Bailey.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Francis, an unemployed factory worker, died from stab wounds to the chest.

'Domestic argument'

Surrey Police said Riahi, who lived at the address, became involved in a heated argument with Mr Francis and attacked him with a kitchen knife.

When neighbours entered the property they saw Mr Francis slumped in the kitchen with Riahi next to him in a blood-stained T-shirt, saying: "Come on Kev, get up."

Image caption Kevin Francis was stabbed to death in his home following a row with Riahi

Riahi was arrested and interviewed but answered no comment to all questions asked.

Det Ch Insp Chris Raymer, from Surrey Police's major crime investigation team, said: "This was a tragic case in which a domestic argument got totally out of hand and ended with Kevin Francis being killed in his own home.

"Riahi subjected his stepfather to a violent attack during which he stabbed him in the chest with a knife yet continued to deny he was culpable for his death.

"He has now finally accepted responsibility and I hope the sentence today provides some sense of justice and closure for the family and friends of Mr Francis."

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