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Man guilty of fan's road murder

 

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Christopher Priest died after being hit by the car after the city derby

 

A man has been given a life sentence for murdering a football fan by driving into him after a Premier League derby match in Birmingham.

 

Aston Villa fan Christopher Priest, 26, died after his team's 5-1 win over Birmingham City on 20 April 2008.

 

Wolverhampton Crown Court heard Lee Mockble, 21, of Hall Green, Birmingham, deliberately drove his car at Mr Priest, killing him instantly.

 

Judge John Warner told Mockble he would serve a minimum jail term of 12 years.

 

He had denied the charge, but a jury took three hours to find him guilty.

 

'Unprovoked attack'

 

The court heard Mockble, of Robin Hood Lane, drove his Volkswagen Golf into Mr Priest in Aston Hall Road after the derby match in what was "a dreadful act of revenge".

 

It followed an incident in which one of Mr Priest's friends threw a pint glass at a car after asking if it contained Birmingham City fans, the court heard.

 

The three-week trial heard that Mockble acted out of revenge for the "unprovoked attack" and drove into Mr Priest, from Sutton Coldfield, without breaking or swerving.

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