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Man jailed for life for murdering half-brother

Jazzie Francis Watson
Jazzie Francis Watson

A man who stabbed his younger half-brother to death during an argument over how the teenager spoke to his mother has been jailed for life.

Jazzie Watson, known as AJ, stabbed 17-year-old Shamus Mcnama 10 times with a knife when an argument turned fatally violent.

He was given life imprisonment and told he will serve at least 11 years and three months in custody before he can be considered for parole.

Bristol Crown Court heard 20-year-old Watson - who had been drinking and taking cocaine - disapproved of the way Shamus spoke to their mother Paula Mcnama when she told him off for taking her car.

Prosecutor Adam Vaitilingam QC described how the pair argued in an upstairs bedroom of the family home in Stothard Road, Lockleaze, Bristol, in the early hours of February 28 this year.

They quickly exchanged punches and held each other in headlocks before they were pulled apart by their mother and a friend.

But, Mr Vaitilingam said, the argument between the brothers continued downstairs and Shamus was fatally stabbed with a small potato knife taken from the kitchen.

"Shamus's mother Paula heard them and came into the bedroom to confront Shamus because he had used her car without permission," he said.

"They had an argument and he gave her some money for the petrol. The argument continued and it became quite loud and eventually AJ took it upon himself to go for Shamus because of the way he was speaking to their mother.

"There was a fist-fight and they had each other in headlocks and shouting they were going to kill each other."

The teenager died in Southmead Hospital. A post-mortem examination found he had suffered "10 knife-type injuries".

Shamus, who was studying bricklaying at college, was due to become a father this summer with his partner Donna-Marie Hudson.

Watson, who had fled the house, walked into a police station later that morning and gave himself up.

The defendant, of Cambridge Road, Horfield, Bristol, had earlier pleaded guilty to murder.

Richard Smith QC, defending, said there was an "utterly disproportionate explosion in temper" by Watson after the "red mist" descended.

"He was incensed at the manner in which his half-brother was talking to their mother and the fact that when they were pulled apart from the brawl, my word, upstairs his half-brother would not leave it there - he should have turned on his heels and left it there, but he didn't," he said.

"He has to deal with the consequences of what happened for the rest of the life. It was a spontaneous outpouring in a moment that he bitterly regretted instantaneously.

"His mother finds herself in a dreadful situation and she understands what he is going through. She remains supportive of him. He simply cannot bring himself to see her."

Jailing Watson, Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, said: "It is plain that what you did was to act in an extremely violent way with a knife in an explosion of temper.

"In the circumstances where life is lost the impact is always enormous. You have taken the life of your half-brother, who you loved.

"You have deprived your mother of a son and your siblings of a brother. You have also added to your own mother's grief by ruining your own life. The anguish which you have caused is immeasurable."