Jailed: John Nixon

A man who stabbed his neighbour to death after row has been jailed for life for his murder.

Earlier this month a jury at Birmingham Crown Court heard how 54-year-old John Nixon had been on friendly terms with his neighbour 28-year-old Reece Hipwood on Sandmere Road in Yardley Wood. However in the early hours of Sunday 15 July last year, an argument between the pair escalated into a fight after they had both been drinking at Nixon’s house.

Nixon chased Reece upstairs and stabbed him seven times with a knife in the doorway to his son’s bedroom; wounds which proved fatal and he died at the scene. Nixon claimed he had no memory of the attack.

John Nixon was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court 16 January and was today (28/01) sentenced to serve a minimum of 15 years before being eligible to apply for parole.