A father who stabbed a burglar to death after seeing him break into his home on doorbell footage has been jailed for 19 years.
A jury cleared Karl Townsend, 32, of murdering Jordan Brophy, 31, outside his home in Halewood, Merseyside, on October 29 last year but found him guilty of manslaughter.
Sentencing him at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday, Judge Andrew Menary QC said: ‘Jordan Brophy was no angel, he had a number of previous convictions and was under investigation for other matters at the time.
‘Whatever he was doing on the night, he plainly did not deserve to die as he did.’
A jury cleared Karl Townsend (pictured), 32, of murdering Jordan Brophy, 31, outside his home in Halewood, Merseyside, on October 29 last year but found him guilty of manslaughter
The judge said Mr Brophy and three others had targeted Townsend’s home while he, his partner and child were out, with the intention of carrying out a ‘smash and grab’ burglary to steal a stash of controlled drugs.