Father who killed thief after seeing break-in on Ring doorbell app is sentenced to 19 years

Karl Townsend, 32, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for 19 years (PA)

Karl Townsend, 32, was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court for 19 years (PA)

A man who stabbed a thief to death after seeing him break into his home in the Ring doorbell footage has been jailed for 19 years.

A jury acquitted Karl Townsend, 32, of the murder of Jordan Brophy, 31, outside his home in Halewood, Merseyside, on October 29 of last year, but found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter.

The court heard that Brophy and three others had targeted Townsend’s home while he, his partner and their son were away, intending to carry out a “crush and grab” robbery to steal a stash of controlled drugs.

The thieves arrived at the Beechwood Avenue property in a convoy of vehicles and had a getaway driver outside, jurors said.

Their arrival was caught on camera via a Ring doorbell app, and Townsend returned to his home carrying a large kitchen knife, along with his younger half-brother Jamie Cunningham, who also carried a knife.

Townsend repeatedly stabbed Brophy in the head, face and arms inside the property, before stabbing him again in the neck on the road outside, according to the court.

Brophy, who was fatally stabbed while burglarizing the Townsend (PA) home

Brophy, who was fatally stabbed while burglarizing the Townsend (PA) home

The 32-year-old was sentenced to 19 years in prison at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday.

A sob could be heard from the public gallery as Judge Andrew Menary QC described Brophy’s injuries.

“On any level, the illegal violence used by you was really shocking,” he said.

“Jordan Brophy was no angel, he had several previous convictions and was under investigation for other matters at the time.

“Whatever he was doing in the night, he clearly didn’t deserve to die the way he did.”

In a statement she read to the court, Brophy’s mother Lisa Ward said: “Jordan was by no means perfect and innocent, but no one ever, ever had the right to take him away from me.”

She said Brophy took the “wrong path in life” after losing a job at Jaguar Land Rover, where he worked with her, and having mental health issues.

She said that after waiting more than two years for a mental health referral, he had an appointment with a psychiatrist on November 4, but died before he could attend.

Defender Anesta Weekes QC said the incident began with the “illegal break-in” of Townsend’s home by three men.

She said: “His case was that he wanted them to leave. What he never anticipated was, carrying his own knife to use on someone else, that those in the house might carry weapons.”

Members of Brophy’s family were stunned when Weekes said that perhaps there were no defensive wounds in Townsend because he was “better at defending himself.” But Judge Menary said he discovered Brophy was not armed when he was attacked by Townsend.

He said: “He didn’t expect a confrontation.”

About 10 members of Brophy’s family sat on the public platform for the hearing and applauded when the sentence was announced.

Mr. Townsend shrugged his own family members as he left the docks.

He was sentenced to a concurrent two-year sentence for possession of a bladed article.

Cunningham, 23, of Penmann Crescent, Halewood, who was acquitted of murder and manslaughter in an earlier trial, was given a two-year community supervision sentence, with 10 days of rehab activity, after he pleaded guilty to possession of an article with a blade in the middle. through a new trial.

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