From West Mercia Police:
A man has been jailed for the manslaughter of another man in Rubery, North Worcestershire.
Gary Martin Dienn, aged 25, of Bromford Drive, Birmingham, was initially charged with murder but his plea of guilty to manslaughter was accepted by the Crown Prosecution Service at an earlier hearing.
He received an indeterminate sentence, with a direction that he serve at least four years, from Judge Patrick Thomas QC at Worcester crown court today, Friday 9 September.
Dienn stabbed victim Jonathan Crow with a pair of kitchen scissors in Mr Crow’s ground floor flat in Maple Road, just after 6pm on Friday 25 March.
Mr Crow sustained two stab wounds to the thigh, severing an artery. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where he died a short time later.
Dienn and Mr Crow, together with a third man, had been drinking at the flat.
Detective Inspector Jon Marsden of West Mercia Police said: “The three men were loose associates. Dienn and Mr Crow started arguing and then fighting, before Dienn stabbed Mr Crow with the scissors.
“Dienn initially claimed he had acted in self defence. The full circumstances of what happened inside the flat may never be established, but what is clear is that following a violent altercation, Mr Crow sustained two stab wounds to his thigh, which severed an artery and caused massive blood loss.”
“Dienn and the other man called an ambulance and attempted to perform first aid. The first police officer on the scene also tried to resuscitate Mr Crow until paramedics arrived and took over. However his injuries proved fatal and Dienn was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder.
“Although there was a speedy arrest in this case, a large number of officers were nevertheless working on it and it is thanks to their efforts that we achieved a successful outcome.
“The taking of another life, regardless of intent, is a very serious matter and the sentence reflects that. We hope it will reassure Mr Crow’s family and the wider community that when these tragic crimes do happen, those responsible will be brought to justice.”
Mr Crow, known as Jonno, was described by his family at the time of his death as a much loved son and brother, and as a popular man with many friends.
His sister Melissa Crow, speaking on behalf of the family, said today: “Jonathan was my big brother. He was a member of a family that loved him very much and we miss him terribly every day. My mom has to deal with the immense pain that she has lost one of her babies in such tragic circumstances.
“For Jonathan sometimes life wasn’t easy but he was surrounded by a strong supportive and caring family. Today we learnt of his last moments and it breaks our hearts to know we were unable to help him or say our goodbyes.
“We would ask everyone to remember my brother as we do – articulate, clever and lots of fun. We will never come to terms with his sudden and tragic death.”