Man sentenced for killing brother in law


Today at Stafford Crown Court Steven Williams, 25, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for killing his brother in law, Michael Smith, at Mr Smith's home in Wildwood, Stafford. Williams pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing.

Paul Farrow, Crown Advocate for CPS Staffordshire said after today's hearing: "It is apparent that Williams and the deceased, Michael Smith, did not enjoy a good relationship. There is evidence that they have fallen out in the past. The incident on the 9th February 2010 was one such instance, but this time with tragic consequences. During the course of a violent struggle between these two men, with each one armed with a kitchen knife, Michael Smith was killed. The fatal injury was not to a part of the body where any intention to kill or cause grievous bodily harm could necessarily be inferred. A plea to manslaughter with all of the available evidence having been considered, was an appropriate conclusion to the case."

"Our sympathies are with Mr Smith's family at this most difficult time. "