Teenager jailed for seven years for Coventry killing
A teenager who stabbed a man to death in a row over a games console has been jailed for seven years for manslaughter.
Levi Whitmore-Wills knifed Patrick Hill, 23, after the victim and his brother bumped into him and tried to sell him a PlayStation.
An argument erupted when the three arrived at Whitmore-Wills’ flat on Brunswick Road, Earlsdon.
Whitmore-Wills, who was 18 at the time, could not find his bank card to pay the brothers, who got frustrated and said they would be leaving.
The teenager head-butted Mr Hill, leaving him dazed.
Mr Hill’s brother saw Whitmore-Wills holding a knife and left, followed by Mr Hill, who then said: “I’ve just been stabbed”.
Police were called at around 2.40am on 10 February by Whitmore-Wills’ partner who said there had been a stabbing.
Police arrived to find Mr Hill lying on grass outside the property with a two-inch stab wound to his upper chest.
Officers followed a trail of blood to Whitmore-Wills’ flat, where they found him with a cut to his left hand.
He said he had acted in self-defence and in interview said he had not even realised he had stabbed the victim.
Mr Hill was taken to hospital but died on 13 February.
Whitmore-Wills, now 19, denied murder, but entered a guilty plea to manslaughter and was sentenced today (Tuesday) at Leamington Spa Justice Centre.
In a statement today, Mr Hill’s relatives said: “As a family we are devastated that Patrick has been taken away so cruelly.
“His life was ended so brutally and quickly and this did not need to happen.
“Patrick was a grandson, son, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew and friend. He was not a violent person and everyone needs to realise the devastation caused by carrying or using knives. More than Patrick's life was taken that day.”