A man has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years for stabbing to death his girlfriend’s former partner.
34 year old Stephen Derbyshire of Hawthorne Drive, Thornton, was sentenced today at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to murder.
The victim, Michael Hart, 31, was stabbed to death in Fleetwood in the early hours of December 9th last year.
It followed a disagreement at home between Derbyshire and his partner at the time over her alleged contact with Mr Hart, with whom she has two children.
Just after midnight, Derbyshire left the address and a short time later was seen by witnesses on Hatfield Road deliberately swerving his car into the path of Mr Hart’s car. Both men then exited their vehicles and Derbyshire, in possession of a knife, began to chase Mr Hart in the direction of Broomfield Road.
CCTV footage shows Mr Hart falling and being set upon by Derbyshire.
After the attack Mr Hart was rushed to Blackpool Victoria Hospital for treatment for 16 stab wounds to his head, neck and chest, but sadly could not be saved.
Derbyshire fled the scene and was arrested later that day.
In court today he was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 20 years.
Det Ch Insp Leah Rice, of Lancashire Police, said: “Derbyshire became consumed with jealousy and as a result launched an utterly savage attack on an innocent man, who had no way of defending himself.
“He robbed Mr Hart of the rest of his life and robbed Mr Hart’s two children of their beloved father.
“The last few months have been incredibly difficult for Mr Hart’s family and I hope this sentence brings them some sense of justice. They, and Mr Hart, remain in our thoughts.”
Following the sentence, Mr Hart’s family said: “Derbyshire murdered our beautiful son and grandson, loving brother, uncle and doting partner and caring father, and gave us all a life sentence.
“We will never be the same family, as Michael was the glue that held us together. He was the centre of our world and he will be missed every second of every day for the rest of our lives.
“That monster will never feel what we do because he has no feelings, no remorse, and is made of cowardice and bitterness. We hope he rots in prison – it’s the only place he deserves to be. No amount of years will be enough as this pain is everything.”