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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering “lifelong friend” in Havant

|News, Violent crime

A 26-year-old man has today (16 June 2021) been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering 21-year-old George Allison.

Kevin Batchelor was found guilty of murder by a jury at Winchester Crown Court on 4 June 2021.

He will now serve a minimum of 18 years in prison.

Batchelor was at an address in Tichbourne Grove, Havant, during the evening of 23 May 2020 when an altercation broke out between himself and George. Batchelor took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed George once in the back, causing fatal injury.

Batchelor fled the scene and cycled to an address on Highwood Lawn where two people helped him to dispose of the knife, washed his clothes and provided him with new clothing and shoes to help him avoid arrest.

Barry Baker, aged 39, and Hayley Batchelor, aged 34, were both found guilty of assisting an offender and will be sentenced in July 2021.

Dan O’Neill, CPS Wessex Senior Crown Prosecutor, said: “We worked with Hampshire Constabulary from the outset to ensure there was sufficient evidence to prove that Batchelor was guilty of murder.

“Batchelor claimed that he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed George in the back, a man he described as being a lifelong friend.

“By piecing together witness statements, CCTV, mobile phone data, forensic and DNA evidence, we were able to prove that what might have started as a disagreement between the two, turned into an attack with fatal and tragic consequences.

“Our thoughts today remain with George’s family and friends.”

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