Man killed pub landlord because he barred him

‘I’ve stabbed him to f***’: Man admitted killing pub landlord because he barred him, court hears

Eleanor Barlow

A man who killed a landlord because he had been barred from his pub told police “I’ve stabbed him to f***”, a court has heard. Lee Abbott denies murdering landlord Christian Thornton outside the Hammer and Pincers pub in Widnes, Cheshire, last August.

At Liverpool Crown Court on Monday, David McLachlan QC, prosecuting, said Abbott had gone to the pub during the afternoon of 11 August armed with a large knife.

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Crime scene.

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