Martin McDermott, 60, was jailed for 25 years following the murder of Leslie Salmon, 44, at a probation hostel in Derby on 6 August 2017.

McDermott had been released from prison six weeks before the murder took place. He returned to the hostel shortly before midday aware that he had broken his curfew and was expecting to be returned to prison. In an unprovoked attack, he collected a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Salmon who had been sat in the garden with another resident. Mr Salmon later died in hospital.

Mr McDermott pleaded guilty to murder and during sentencing, Judge Gregory Dickinson said: ‘One thing your actions demonstrate to me is your total disregard for life. This was a sustained attack of around 15 minutes with appalling brutality being used.’

James House QC acted for the prosecution.

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