Dad stabbed burglar to death after Ring doorbell alerted him to break in

A dad who watched burglars raiding his family's house through a Ring doorbell camera rushed home and stabbed one to death, a court heard.

Karl Townsend and his half-brother Jamie Cunningham allegedly armed themselves with knives after being alerted to a break in at his property in Halewood, Merseyside.

Townsend is said to have shouted at three intruders to get out of his home, before stabbing Jordan Brophy in the face and head.

Prosecutors say one of those stabs through Mr Brophy's eye left a broken blade embedded in his brain.

They allege Townsend and Cunningham left the scene but returned shortly afterwards, when it is claimed Townsend then stabbed the 31-year-old in his jugular vein.

Townsend, 32, and Cunningham, 23, who deny murder and possessing a bladed article, both went on trial today (Monday, April 25) at Liverpool Crown Court.

Richard Pratt, QC, prosecuting, said: "The prosecution case is that this was not a case of a householder in a state of fear and panic, reacting in a moment of terror to what he believed to be real danger. This was a brutal and ruthless killing, whether it be out of revenge or punishment, of a defenceless man."

The court heard Townsend lived with his partner Amelia Rigby and their child.

On the evening of October 29 last year his girlfriend was out walking with their child and dog, while he was at his parents' house nearby, where Cunningham also lived.

Mr Pratt said Townsend and Cunningham "hurriedly" made their way to the house after the doorbell camera alert went off and they had "armed themselves with large knives".

The court heard that Townsend was picked up shouting for them to get out, before they emerge with Mr Brophy complaining about an apparent injury to his eye.

Mr Pratt added: "There was a reason he could not see. Karl Townsend had stabbed him twice to the face and head. The stabbing actions were so severe that they smashed their way through bone and cartilage and in one case severed the optic nerve and entered the brain.

"Such was the thrusting action that the knife broke not once but twice, leaving broken parts of the blade embedded in his skull and brain of Jordan Brophy."

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He added that finding Townsend finding thieves in his home does not "begin to justify this level of severe violence".

Townsend later found Mr Brophy on the street and is said to have begun stabbing him with the broken knife again. One swipe of the knife entered around 4.5cm deep into Mr Brophy's neck and his jugular vein, causing "catastrophic blood loss".

The QC said: "According to the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem examination, Jordan Brophy would have died in time from the brain injuries inflicted inside the house, but the one to the jugular vein killed him almost instantaneously."

The trial continues.

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