A jealous boyfriend who stabbed a man to death in a frenzied knife attack after finding out he had slept with his girlfriend was jailed for life today (Friday) at Bradford Crown Court.
Daniel Campbell was stabbed 20 times while he slept at his Elland home in his neck and abdomen in an attack that Judge Mr Justice Coulson described as “bestial in its violence”.
The killer, Robert Lyn, 45, appeared in court for sentencing after he admitted stabbing 38-year-old Mr Campbell at his house on Elizabeth Street on July 18.
Prosecutor Peter Moulson QC told the court that Mr Campbell had spent the night with Lyn’s girlfriend.
Mr Campbell accidently telephoned his own girlfriend while the pair were together, the court heard.
She recognised their voices and posted a message about the incident on her Facebook page.
Lyn found out he had been cheated while checking his phone on the bus ride home from his agency job in the complaints department at the Morrisons head office, Bradford.
Mr Moulson said Lyn then headed to Mr Campbell’s home with a six-inch chef’s knife, a neighbour who saw him said Lyn “looked possessed.”
Lyn smashed down the front door with a concrete plant pot and found Mr Campbell sleeping in his bed, Lyn then proceeded to stab Mr Campbell repeatedly in the neck and abdomen.
In summarising the case Judge Coulson noted the “Appalling injuries on a sleeping and defenceless man.”
He added: “You butchered him.”
Lyn, of Huntingdon Avenue, Huddersfield, will serve a minimum of 26 years in prison.