Derby man James Eames jailed for life for stabbing housemate

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A paranoid schizophrenic from Derby who violently stabbed a housemate has been sentenced to life in prison.

James Eames attacked Liam Pennick on the landing of their home in Allenton’s Allen Street on March 2.

When police arrived at the front door, the 41-year-old answered it to them and said: “He’s upstairs, he’s dead, I killed him and he deserved it.”

Eames had been released from a hospital order weeks before the attack and had stopped taking his prescribed medication.

Michael Auty QC, prosecuting at Nottingham Crown Court, said the killing took place at a terraced house Eames and Mr Pennick, 31, had only been sharing for a matter of days in Allen Street.

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Today, Eames was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of six years.

However, the court heard he will be admitted to hospital within the next 28 days so he can be given treatment for his mental disorder.

Speaking outside court, Detective Chief Inspector Emlyn Richards from Derbyshire Constabulary said: "This sentence reflects the severity and brutality of the crime that James Eames committed against his housemate Liam Pennick on March 2 this year in the Allenton area of Derby.

"We know Mr Pennick was subject to three stab wounds to the neck and further lacerations to his face along with stamping and assault injuries to his head and neck. This was a result of a mental health episode Mr Eames suffered which caused him to attack his housemate who he had been living with for five days.

"This incident has left parents without a son, siblings without a brother and it has left children without a father. The entire family are devastated and trying to come to terms with it."