A 35-year-old Polish man has been jailed for 13 years for stabbing and killing one of his countrymen – and will be deported on his release.
Daniel Sobisz, of no fixed address, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court for the manslaughter of Marcin Pawlow in December.
Marcin Pawlow should have been looking forward to Christmas Day with friends, but it was to be a Christmas he would never seeDet Chief Insp Dean Holden
Sobisz pleaded guilty to the offence in June.
Officers launched a major investigation after Mr Pawlow was found with stab wounds to his hip, leg and shoulder outside an address in Central Drive, Blackpool, around 1am on December 23.
The 30-year-old later died at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Detectives discovered a group of Polish men had been socialising at the address.
An argument started and Mr Pawlow was asked to leave the flat. He later returned with a fire extinguisher and as he tried to gain entry to the property, waited for the flat door to open and sprayed foam inside.
After a brief altercation, Mr Pawlow was knocked down the stairs and stabbed with a kitchen knife before stumbling out of the building.
Six men aged 52, 32, 45, 31, 33 and 34 were arrested on suspicion of murder and later released with no charge.
Further intelligence revealed a seventh man, identified as Daniel Sobisz, had fled the scene to the Midlands area. A manhunt was launched and as a result of extensive enquiries, Sobisz was traced to an address in Leicester.
Sobisz was arrested on January 21 and charged a day later with Mr Pawlow’s murder.
Det Chief Insp Dean Holden, of Lancashire’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “Marcin Pawlow should have been looking forward to Christmas Day with friends, but it was to be a Christmas he would never see.
“Following a disagreement, Mr Pawlow was subjected to a brutal and callous assault by Daniel Sobisz which left him dying in the street.
“A major manhunt was launched. I would like to place on record my thanks to our counterparts at Leicestershire Police for their assistance during this investigation.
“Sobisz is a dangerous individual and after he has served his sentence will be deported to Poland. We welcome today’s sentence from the court.”