Coventry man sentenced to life for the murder of student

09/11/2012

A man who stabbed to death a Masters student outside an unoccupied address in Coventry has today been sentenced to life, to serve a minimum of 22 years, at Birmingham Crown Court.

Brian Albrighton, aged 31, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to the murder of Adebayo Patrick Adeniran, 32, who was from Nigeria and studying Oil and Gas Management at Coventry University.

Angela Millington, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:

"This was an extremely tragic and sad case in which a chance encounter with a stranger in a Coventry public house ended in the death of a bright and friendly man.

"Patrick was enjoying an evening out when he met Albrighton and his girlfriend. They began talking and participated in a pool game with a fourth man. Over the course of the evening, friendliness between Patrick and the defendant's girlfriend resulted in Albrighton confronting Patrick outside the house where they had said Patrick could stay.  Angry and affected by the alcohol he had drunk, Albrighton stabbed Patrick four times. One wound pierced Patrick's heart and killed him.

"The police carried out a very thorough investigation which led to the early identification of the defendant. The CPS then worked closely with the investigating officers which allowed for service in good time of comprehensive case papers and which resulted in Albrighton's guilty plea to murder.

"Our thoughts are today with Mr Adeniran's family and friends and I hope that this sentence will go some way in helping them to deal with their loss."