A man who stabbed an unemployed labourer to death in Old Colwyn has been jailed for life.
Dean Cody, of no fixed abode, was convicted on Wednesday of the murder of David Kingsbury in January – he will serve at least 21 years in prison before being considered for parole.
Mr Justice Griffith-Williams described Cody as a ”committed criminal” who was happy to throw his weight around the Colwyn Bay and showed no indication that he regretted what he did.
The eight day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court heard Cody had intervened after he saw Mr Kingsbury arguing with his girlfriend, Carys Williams, in the car park of an Aldi supermarket.
The couple had been drinking and Mr Kingsbury had been abusive to the defendant, but the judge said most people would have treated his insults as ”the ramblings of a drunken man”.
The court heard Cody had lied when he claimed that he was protecting Miss Williams and that he acted in self-defence when he saw Mr Kingsbury took out a bottle to defend himself. Mr Justice Williams said he concluded he may not have intended to kill him but he deliberately stabbed the victim in the chest.
He added: ”You took the life of a decent man. He was a much loved son and brother and widely liked by many. I have read the impact statements and it is clear to me that he is much missed and his loss has affected many deeply.”
Cody’s father, Stephen, and two other men, Colin Lyness and Thomas Revatto, will be sentenced on Friday for assisting an offender. Revatto (50) was convicted by a jury while Cody and Lyness pleaded guilty before the case went to trial.