Knife killer back behind bars

Christopher Howard - jailed for manslaughter of his brother David Wilson
Christopher Howard - jailed for manslaughter of his brother David Wilson
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A man who stabbed his half-brother to death through the heart with a knife is back behind bars.

Christopher Howard was again jailed after a judge was told he had a seven-inch long kitchen knife in a pub and was disarmed by a brave DJ.

Howard, 37, of Grasmere Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to possessing a blade at The George Hotel on Central Drive.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ jail by District Judge Margaret McCormack sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court who told him: “ This was a very serious offence.

“I have a duty to the general public.”

Howard was jailed for five years and three months in 2007 after he admitted the manslaughter of his half-brother 34-year-old David Wilson.

He was cleared of murder after a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Howard admitted stabbing former binman Mr Wilson through the heart with a 14cm kitchen knife during a heated row outside his house on Poplar Avenue, Blackpool, in the early hours of 12 April 2007.

His father Geoffrey Howard told The Gazette at the time the tragic fight had robbed the family of both men.

In the latest case, Chrissie Hunt, prosecuting, said the DJ at the George pub saw Howard on the premises on July 13 about 6pm.

He was drinking from a bottle of vodka and banging into tables and chairs.

The DJ escorted him out, but minutes later he was back drinking from a bottle of cider.

As Howard waved his arms about, his T-shirt rose up and the DJ saw he had a knife tucked into the waistband of his trousers.

The DJ grabbed the knife and detained Howard with his arms behind his back until police arrived.

When interviewed by police, Howard said he had 
argued with his girlfriend, drunk vodka sours and did not remember what had 
happened. He had two previous convictions for possessing a knife in public.

Alan Godwin, defending, said Howard, who had mental health issues, had taken the knife off his girlfriend who had threatened to harm herself with it.

Howard had been intoxicated when he entered the pub. He had not produced the knife or threatened anyone with it, the defence added.