A LOSTOCK Hall man who murdered a love rival in a jealous rage has been ordered to serve a minimum term of 25 years behind bars.
Jason Taylor, 21, was convicted of murdering Adam Wilson, 25, following an eight day trial at Preston Crown Court in which he claimed to have been acting in self defence.
Taylor, of Westfield, could not accept his relationship with mum-of-two Jodie Emery was over, and in a fit of jealous obsession, broke into her house armed with a knife he had bought on their family trip to Scarborough.
On discovering Adam Wilson was spending the evening with Jodie, Taylor stabbed him several times to his legs and back while the two children slept upstairs.
Judge Anthony Russell QC, sentencing, said: “The victim of this murder was someone completely unknown to you, a 25 year old man who had done you absolutely no harm at all.
“He was murdered by you for no other reason than that he happened to be present at the home of Jodie Emery, with whom you had been in a relationship which you weren’t able to accept had come to an end.
“This was a particularly shocking murder because of the fact Mr Wilson was unknown to you. There was no history of any ill feeling between you both and it was pure chance he happened to be the person upon whom you vented your rage because you were unable to accept that your relationship with Jodie Emery was finished.
“People have to accept sometimes things go wrong in their lives and relationships do sometimes end.
“You weren’t prepared to accept this and you badgered her to resume the relationship to the extent of being a considerable nuisance.
“You weren’t prepared to let her move on with her life or to move on yourself because of your obsessive jealousy.
“She was perfectly entitled to see other men and it was none of your business if she did this.”
He jailed Taylor for life with a minimum tariff of 25 years.