Jailed for life - Oliver Dabbs, murder of Stephen O'Brien

A 19-year-old Crewe man was jailed for life today for stabbing his South Cheshire victim to death through the heart.

Oliver Dabbs (pictured) was found guilty of the murder of Stephen O’Brien, 51, following a 14-day trial at Chester Crown Court.

Dabbs, of Wood Street, Crewe, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

He will serve a minimum of 20 years behind bars before he will be considered for release.

Stephen died on August 31 2016 following an incident in a service road off Edleston Road, Crewe.

He died as a result of a single stab wound to the chest, which penetrated his heart.

He had also suffered a fractured eye socket, voice box and cheekbone.

A murder investigation was launched by Cheshire Police’s Major Investigation Team.

Dabbs was quickly identified as a suspect in the case.

Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O’Brien

Searches took place throughout the night and into the early hours.

He was located the day after the incident and arrested on suspicion of murder.

Officers gathered evidence, carried out forensic inquiries, spoke to numerous witnesses, analysed mobile phone data and viewed hours of CCTV footage.

Following the investigation a file of evidence was presented to the Crown Prosecution Service who agreed that there was sufficient evidence to charge Dabbs with murder.

Det Insp Helena Banusic, in charge of the case, said: “Sadly, we may never know the reasons behind Dabbs’ appalling actions on that day.

“This has been a complex investigation and I would like to thank all those who were involved in the case.

“I would also like to express my deepest sympathy to Stephen’s family who have been deeply affected by his death.

“Throughout this trial they have acted with dignity and patience, and I hope that Dabbs’ conviction will provide some closure for them.”

Chief Inspector Paul Beauchamp, of Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: “Stephen’s death has had a major impact on the local community.

“I would like to thank local people for all of the support that they have provided throughout this investigation.”

The jury were unable to reach a verdict on a second man who was on trial in relation to Stephen’s death.

He will now face a retrial in September 2017.

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