Preston man jailed for manslaughter

27/05/2016

A 64 year old man has today been jailed for five years at Preston Crown Court for manslaughter.

Hugh Cushnaghan pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the manslaughter of 50 year old Steven Whitney after stabbing him in the chest during a fight in the rear yard of a house on Fishwick Parade, Preston, Lancashire in December 2015.

Brett Gerrity, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "This is a tragic case in which a man has lost his life following a fight he had himself instigated. The two men were at loggerheads after Hugh Cushnaghan started a relationship with Steven Whitney's estranged wife.

"In the early morning of 20th December Mr Whitney arrived at the house and hit Cushnaghan with a baseball bat.  A fight ensued and Cushnaghan used a knife he carried for protection to stab him in the chest.  He initially fled the scene and headed north on the M6 but after contacting the police himself he was arrested at a service station.

"He pleaded guilty on the day of the trial therefore admitting he went beyond the scope of lawful self-defence.  A plea to manslaughter, with all of the available evidence having been considered, was an appropriate conclusion to the case.

"This case highlights the risks posed if you carry a knife under the misguided belief that it offers a form of protection. A 50 year old man has needlessly been killed and a 62 year old man will for the first time serve a prison sentence because of the unnecessary possession and use of a knife.

"The CPS and the police will continue to work together to bring to justice those who commit knife crimes.  Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Steven Whitney at this difficult time."