Karl Townsend, a 32-year-old father from Merseyside in the UK, has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for stabbing an unarmed intruder who attempted to rob his home. Although cleared of murder, Townsend was found guilty of manslaughter for repeatedly stabbing 31-year-old Jordan Brophy in the head, face, and arms. Brophy had broken into Townsend's house while he, his partner, and the child were out.
1. Brophy Was One Of Four Men That Broke Into Townsend's Home
According to reports, the burglary was a "smash and grab" operation where four criminals were searching for a stash of controlled drugs. Townsend became aware of the situation after seeing the men on his Ring doorbell app, and he hurried back home with his younger half-brother while carrying a knife. Townsend proceeded to stab Brophy several times, leading to his death from the injuries sustained.
2. The Judge Does Not Believe Brophy Deserved To Die
At Liverpool Crown Court during sentencing, Judge Andrew Menary QC informed Townsend that although Brophy had a lengthy criminal record, he should not have lost his life for breaking into someone's home, as it is a criminal offense. "Jordan Brophy was no angel, he had a number of previous convictions and was under investigation for other matters at the time. Whatever he was doing on the night, he plainly did not deserve to die as he did. On any level, the unlawful violence used by you was truly shocking."
3. Brophy's Mother, Lisa Ward, Read A Statement In Court During Sentencing
Talking about her son, she said: "Jordan was by no means perfect and innocent but never did anyone ever, ever, have the right to take him from me." She claimed that Brophy had gotten on the "wrong path in life" after he was fired from his job and that he suffered from mental health problems for which he had been waiting for two years to see a professional.
4. Townsend's Younger Brother Was Also Sentenced
Having been viewed as an accomplice to the crime, 23-year-old Jamie Cunningham was sentenced to two years of probation within the community, along with ten days of rehabilitation activity. Cunningham admitted to possessing a bladed article on the night of Brophy's death.