Man guilty of nightclub stabbing


Yesterday at Stafford Crown Court, George Lawrence, 46, was sentenced to life, with a minimum of 22 years after he was found guilty of murdering Connor Upton, 21, outside the Merlin's nightclub, Station Street, Burton upon Trent in June 2010.

Ian Pinkney, Crown Advocate for Staffordshire Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case tragically demonstrates the consequences of knife crime. Lawrence was single-minded in his intention towards Mr Upton and exacted such ruthless retribution on him.

"Lawrence, armed with a knife, took the life of a young man with a single stab wound to the chest, piercing Mr Upton's heart, then fleeing the scene.

"The use of a weapon during any offence can have devastating results but carrying a knife can only ever escalate the seriousness of the offence. Lawrence did not use the knife as a deterrent or to defuse a situation he clearly intended to use it to fatally injure Mr Upton.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Upton and hope that the outcome of yesterday's trial will go some way in helping them deal with their loss."