Man sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his neighbour


David Veall, aged 28, was today sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum of 13 years to be served before any application for parole, at the Warwickshire Justice Centre for the murder of his neighbour, Warren Lenagh, last year in Coventry.

Sarah Devoisey, aged 23, Mr Veall's ex-partner, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to perverting the course of public justice and was sentenced to eight months.

Suzanne Llewellyn, Acting Senior Sector Crown Prosecutor for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), Eastern Sector, said: "This is a tragic case in which Veall, armed with a knife, attacked and killed his neighbour following an argument that they had over his treatment of his girlfriend of the time.

"The sentence delivered by the court today reflects both the seriousness of the offence and the public intolerance of knife crime.

"The CPS has worked closely with Warwickshire Police throughout this case, from the giving of initial advice to the police, through the preparation of the case papers, to the presentation of the case in court. I would like to thank the police for the thoroughness of their investigation, which has enabled the case to be robustly and successfully prosecuted.

"Our thoughts are of course with Warren Lenagh's family and we continue to extend our sympathies towards them. This case has taken some time to reach trial and a conclusion, but we hope that they will now feel that the matter has been brought to justice."