A man who murdered a young dad outside his Sale home has been jailed.
Tyrone Patrick aged 33 of Haydock Close, Stretford, has been jailed at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square after being found guilty of the murder of 34-year-old Mike Grimshaw.
Around 11pm on 20 July 2017, Mike Grimshaw’s 38-year-old partner was outside their home on Royton Avenue in Sale when she noticed Tyronne Patrick bothering a man in the street.
She told him to leave him alone but was met by a barrage of abuse from Patrick.
Mike immediately came outside to his partner’s defence and after a short exchange of words, was beckoned into the road.
After a short verbal altercation, the 34-year-old thought he had been punched by Patrick but quickly grabbed his throat realising he’d been stabbed in the neck.
He then stumbled back towards home, collapsing outside. He was later sadly pronounced dead at hospital.
Patrick ran away from the scene and officers from GMP launched a manhunt to find him. After evading police arrest for weeks, he was arrested at a house in Timperley.
Today, Thursday 20 December 2018, he has been jailed for life and will serve a minimum term of 28 years.
Senior Investigating Officer Bob Tonge of GMP’s Major Incident Support Unit, said: “This was an absolutely needless crime which has stripped a young girl of her father and left his family heartbroken.
“Mike was clearly loved very much by his family and all who were around him but, due to Patrick’s incomprehensible actions, their lives have been turned upside down.
“The only comfort I can provide to them is that Patrick will now face many lonely, isolating years in prison to reflect on what he has done.”
Paying tribute to him, Mike’s family, said: “Mike, affectionately known as ‘Grimmy’ to his friends, was much loved by all his family and friends and had much life ahead of him.
“He was taken from us in July last year in completely unnecessary circumstances. We cannot express how devastated we are that his life has been stolen from him.
“We miss Mike every minute of every day.
“Today, his killer has been sentenced and justice has been served. We can try to repair our heartache although no matter how long the sentence is, it will not bring Mike back or make our loss any easier.
“We need to attempt to move on and hopefully today will now provide closure for our pain over the last eighteen months however, we will never forget Mike or the memories he has given us.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the past few months.”