Europe 1 with AFP / Photo credit: CHRIS HYDE / GETTY IMAGES ASIAPAC / Getty Images via AFP 14:38 pm, August 04, 2023A 22-year-old man was sentenced Friday to life in prison with 28 years of security for the murder of the cousin of British boxer Tyson Fury. The 31-year-old was stabbed to death in August 2022 near a bar in Altrincham in northern England.
A 22-year-old man was sentenced Friday to life in prison with 28 years of security for the murder of the cousin of British boxer Tyson Fury, who had denounced the "pandemic" of knife crimes in the United Kingdom.
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Tyson Fury's cousin, Rico Burton, 31, was stabbed to death in August 2022 near a bar in Altrincham (northern England). Liam O'Prey, a homeless man, was charged a few days later. He was sentenced Friday by Manchester Crown Court to life imprisonment with a sentence of 28 years probation.
Increase in knife offences
Tyson Fury had announced the death of his cousin on Instagram by calling on the British government to act to stop stabbing attacks, frequent in a country where the use of firearms is very strictly controlled.
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"The UK government must impose harsher sentences for knife crimes as soon as possible, this is a pandemic and we don't know how serious it is until (it affects) one of your own!" he wrote. According to the Office for National Statistics, offences committed with a knife recorded by police in England and Wales increased by 21% in the year ending September 2022, with more than 45,000 offences recorded.