Killer stabbed student 'to see what it was like'

Friday 09 November 2012 Updated: 13/11 09:31

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Brian Albrighton has been jailed for a minimum of 22 years. (s)

A WICKED fantasist who knifed a student to death to see what it felt like has been jailed for life.

Brian Albrighton had scoured the internet looking for horrific real-life knife murders he could potentially replicate and it led to the fatal stabbing of Coventry University undergraduate Adebayo Adeniran in June this year.

Mr Adeniran, known as Patrick, was lured to a vacant property in North Avenue, Stoke, having bumped into Albrighton at at a nearby pub.

But once there he pulled a knife on the 32-year-old and stabbed him four times, including through the heart. His body was found in the house's front garden on the morning of June 7.

Albrighton initially claimed his victim was carrying the knife and he had stabbed him in self-defence having wrestled the blade from his grip.

But West Midlands Police detectives and forensics specialists were able to disprove his version of events and leave the 31-year-old with no option but to admit murder.

At Birmingham Crown Court today (Friday) he was handed a life sentence and told he would serve a minimum of 22 years behind bars.

Investigating officer, Detective Constable Harry May, said it was one of the most wicked, senseless murder cases he had experienced.

"Albrighton had fantasised what it would feel like to kill someone with a knife. He researched the internet, viewing outrageous knife killings, and ultimately carried out his fantasy on an innocent man he stumbled across on a night out.

"Patrick was an overseas student from Africa and came to England to obtain a better education and seek a better life but his life was tragically cut short.

"Today our thoughts go out to Patrick's family - I hope they can take some comfort that justice has been done here today and start to rebuild their lives."

The court heard how Mr Adeniran had been experiencing problems at his rented flat and Albrighton lured him to the North Avenue property with the promise of a bed for the night.

He was quickly identified as prime suspect and was arrested from his home in Walsgrave Road two days after the murder.

Two women, aged 31 and 27, had also been questioned in connection with Patrick's death but have since been released from police bail.

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