“We are glad the evil thug that ripped our family apart has finally been sentenced”Mr Grogan's family
Dylan Slater, 26, and his victim Tarro "Taz" Grogan, 29, picked up knives after the encounter escalated amid a background of animosity between the pair who had children by the same woman, Preston Crown Court heard.
The court heard how Slater pulled a flick-knife from his pocket while fearing that Mr Grogan would take retribution for being embarrassed in front of his friends at a house gathering in Blackburn, Lancs.
In response, Mr Grogan picked up a knife from a kitchen worktop and then Slater armed himself with a larger kitchen knife which he used to inflict four significant stab wounds including a fatal “full thrust” to the front of Mr Grogan’s chest.
Mr Grogan also received a number of slash wounds consistent with defensive injuries while Slater was unhurt.
Caging Slater on Monday for eight years and three months, the Honorary Recorder of Preston Judge Mark Brown said: “Tragically this case is yet another example of the devastating consequences of knife crime.
“It highlights the spiralling nature of violence that life crime creates and whatever the background or circumstances it can never be justified.”
Slater had been due to stand trial on a charge of murder but the Crown accepted his guilty plea to manslaughter.
The defendant had been in a nine-year relationship with Natasha Scott and had two children with her, while Mr Grogan had a more recent short-lived relationship with Ms Scott and had one child with her, the court was told.
Weeks before his death his victim had struck Slater with an iron after he spat in a woman’s face, prosecutor Francis McEntee said.
Following the sentencing, Lancashire Police detective chief inspector Zoe Russo, said: “My thoughts remain with Tarro Grogan’s family and friends at this time.
“I would like to thank them for the way they have conducted themselves with dignity throughout these proceedings.
“This case shows all too sad a clarity the devastating consequences which can result from using and carrying a knife.”
In a statement, Mr Grogan’s family said: “The day that Taz was taken from the family was the day our family lost its heart. We are glad the evil thug that ripped our family apart has finally been sentenced, but no amount of time will bring Taz back.”