February 15, 2018
Man jailed for eight years after admitting to Burnham-On-Sea killing

A man who killed another man following a disturbance at a house in Burnham-On-Sea last summer has been jailed this week for eight years and nine months.

Joseph Pearce, right, died at a property in Burnham's Churchill Close after an altercation involving Dominic Lacey, pictured above.

22 year-old Lacey, of no fixed address, admitted the manslaughter of Pearce, who reported here was found dead on July 10th.

A post-mortem examination found the 40-year-old died from a knife wound to the chest.

Lacey admitted manslaughter during a previous hearing at Exeter Crown Court prior to being sentenced at the same court on Thursday.

Detective Chief Inspector James Riccio said: "Firstly, our thoughts remain with Joe’s family and friends. It is hard to comprehend the loss they have endured."

"On the day of the incident a disagreement broke out between Joe and Dominic Lacey and during the ensuing fracas, Joe was stabbed once in the chest and tragically died at the scene."

"Lacey’s decision to use a knife during this incident resulted in catastrophic consequences and he will have to suffer the consequences of his impulsive action."!

In a statement, Joe’s family said: "Joe’s untimely death has left his whole family devastated. He was a much loved son, father, brother, nephew and friend to so many people. No matter what the sentence is, it will never bring Joe back."

"We would like to thank the police and the CPS for their thorough investigation and also the Homicide Service and our family liaison officers for the support they have provided us over the past seven months."


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