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Police have welcomed the sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court today (Wednesday, 16 May 2018) of a man who killed his friend in St Helens last July.

Paul Largan, 35 years of Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath has been detained in hospital under Section 37 of the Mental Health Act after he pleaded guilty on Monday to the manslaughter of 46-year-old Jason Paul Gregory, from St Helens.

Officers were called to a house on Napier Close at around 8.40pm on 2 July to a report a man had sustained a stab wound to the chest. Police and ambulance attended and he was taken to hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Largan, 35, was arrested shortly after and later charged in connection with his death.

A Home Office post mortem established Jason had died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest.

Detective Chief Inspector Chris Sephton, said: “We note court’s decision in today and on behalf of Merseyside Police I would like to offer my sincere condolences to Jason’s family.

“I hope that the conclusion of this case today will bring some closure for them all.

“This was a wholly tragic incident involving two men who were friends and from my dealings with the family and friends of Jason I know he is very sadly missed.

“This case goes to show that if you carry a knife you are putting yourself and others at serious risk, and if you use it even once to assault someone it can end in tragedy.

“I would like take this opportunity to thank the investigation team for their commitment and tenacity in preparing this case for court and Crown Prosecution Service staff, who have provided support in this investigation.”

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