Man given life sentence for murder of family man in Lytham

18/07/2016

A 48 year old man has today been found guilty at Preston Crown Court of murdering 51 year old Ian Dollery in the garage of his home address in Lytham St Annes on 18th June 2015. He has been jailed for life with a minimum tariff of 23 years.

Robert Kay entered the garage of the Dollery family home via the back alleyway and stabbed Ian Dollery 30 times causing fatal injuries.

Tom Snape, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "Ian Dollery was going about his own personal business inside the garage of his family home when Robert Kay happened to pass by. Kay had been on a prolonged alcohol and drugs binge and was armed with a knife as he walked down the alleyway.  For no apparent reason he entered the garage and carried out a frenzied knife attack on a man who was a complete stranger to him.

"The effect upon the Dollery family has been understandably devastating.  Ian Dollery's wife and daughter witnessed the latter stages of the savage attack, and they fought off his attacker in an attempt to save his life.  These graphic images and the loss of the man they loved dearly will no doubt stay with them forever.

"Though Kay admitted he carried out the attack, he has claimed throughout the case that he was not responsible for his actions as he was high on drugs at the time and suffered a mental illness. However he chose to consume a substantial amount of alcohol and drugs over several days knowing full well that this would seriously affect his behaviour and mental stability.

"Today the jury after carefully considering the evidence have found that Robert Kay was guilty of murder.

"I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the Dollery family and friends. Although nothing will bring Mr Dollery back, I hope that today's verdict gives them a sense that justice has been served. Our thoughts are very much with them at this time."