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Man jailed for Carlisle manslaughter

|News, Violent crime

Blair Dixon, 25, has been sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court for the manslaughter of John Cingelis, 37, at his home in Harraby, Carlisle, on 12 April 2020 and wounding another man.

Dixon returned to the address, where he had been socialising with the victims the day before. Angry words were exchanged and he was pushed out of the house which was when he stabbed Mr Cingelis and his friend with a large kitchen knife.

Mr Cingelis was found unresponsive with a visible stab wound to his upper left chest, which had pierced his heart. His friend received a slash wound to the upper arm which required stitches.

The knife was found in a storm drain near the house.

Victoria Agullo for the CPS said: "Blair Dixon committed an act of mindless violence resulting in the tragic loss of life of one man and injuries to another.

"In police interview he denied knowing the victims and he gave them a false alibi. Faced with the overwhelming evidence against him including CCTV proving he was not at home when he said he was, and his DNA on the knife which was found discarded in a nearby drain, he pleaded guilty to taking John Cingelis' life and stabbing his friend.

"My thoughts are very much with the family and friends of John Cingelis at this time, especially his friend who witnessed the awful events that day and also received injuries. I hope that today's sentence will assist them as they move forward into the future."

Notes to editors

  • Victoria Agullo is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West.

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