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Couple sentenced over drug fuelled stabbing of Bradford man

The duo falsely thought the victim owed them £300 which they went round to collect to purchase more drugs.

A man and a woman who killed a man in an unprovoked attack in Keighley have been jailed for life.

Leslie Walker and Angela Thornton were sentenced today, Friday 29 October, for the murder of George Dore in April of this year at Bradford Crown Court.

Both were convicted earlier this month following a trial.

Leslie Walker has to serve a minimum of 22 years in prison.

Mr Walker, 46, of Nightingale Street, Keighley, was given a minimum term of 22 years.

Ms Thornton, 48, also of Nightingale Street in Keighley, was jailed for 19 and a half years.

Mr Dore, who was 49, was found with a serious injury when police were called to a property in Fell Lane, Keighley on 8 April.

He was taken to hospital but sadly died away a short time later.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Mr Dore, 49, was fatally stabbed by Walker and beaten by Thornton with a stick or metal bar on the street where he lived.

The night before the murder, Mr Walker and Ms Thornton were “blitzed” after taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol and they wanted the money to buy more drugs.

Ms Thornton believed she was owed £300 by Mr Dore: “a paltry sum for which a man should lose his life,” Judge Rose said.

Angela Thornton believed that was owed £300 by Mr Doore which she went to collect to go buy more drugs.

Both were aggressive and abusive outside Mr Dore’s home. Ms Thornton struck his door with her stick or bar and Walker kicked it. Mr Dore stepped outside his house unarmed. A scuffle ensued and Ms Thornton beat Mr Dore to the back and neck and Mr Walker stabbed him to the heart.

Mr Dore then made it back inside his home before being taken to the hospital, where he died.

Following sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Rolfe of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “This was a horrific offence in which a man lost his life following a brutal attack with a knife.

“Tragic incidents like this highlight the dangers and dreadful outcomes that can occur with violent knife crimes.

“I know that jailing those responsible will never compensate for George’s death but we hope to see them brought to justice may provide his family with a measure of comfort and closure.”

George’s partner, Michaela Roberts, said: “It’s easy to say ‘life for a life’ when somebody you love, trusted and respected is mindlessly and meaninglessly murdered, but instead you end up feeling all kinds of emotions during your grief.

“George died for the simple fact he didn’t like somebody and his personality was such that he couldn’t pretend to, yet he was never rude.

“I would like to thank 999 for keeping me calm and together on the phone. The paramedics were very efficient yet polite. The police were fantastic from beginning to end and the emergency services, telephonists, doctors, surgeons and the Coroner. Also the Crown Prosecution Service and the police detectives, forensics and Becky my liaison officer.”

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