Dad ‘stabs burglar to death after seeing gang break into house on doorbell’

A DAD has stabbed a burglar to death after watching a gang break into his home through his ring doorbell, a court has heard.

Karl Townsend, 32, and his half-brother Jamie Cunningham, 23, are currently on trial for the murder of Jordan Brophy, 31, in October last year.

Karl Townsend denies murder and possession of a bladed item


Karl Townsend denies murder and possession of a bladed itemCredit: social

The couple allegedly armed themselves with knives after receiving the doorbell alarm at Townsen’s property in Halewood, Merseyside.

The homeowner reportedly yelled at the three intruders to leave his home before stabbing Brophy in the face and head.

The blade allegedly pierced the victim’s eye, leaving the shattered knife in his brain, prosecutors say.

They claim Townsend and Cunningham fled the scene before returning shortly after to stab Brophy in his carotid artery and kill him “instantly.”

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The court heard Townsend left his home in his Mercedes GLA at 6:26 p.m. last October and made his way to his parents’ home.

The father was with his half-brother when his ring doorbell alerted him that there was a gang outside his house.

He had seen what appeared to be a convoy of three cars driving down the road – one of which was carrying Brophy.

“Three unknown accomplices” who had planned a “determined and apparently targeted attack” were also present, the prosecutor said.

The trio then forced open a side door while the getaway driver waited in another car parked nearby.

Townsend and Cunningham “armed themselves with large knives” and returned to the house “in a hurry”.

Richard Pratt, QC, prosecutor, said the homeowner then warned the burglars to leave “or he’ll do something to them with the knife he’s carrying”.

Although the events that then took place were not caught on camera, the gang exited the back door 25 seconds after storming the property.

Brophy “complained that he couldn’t see” and sustained a facial injury, the court heard.

“There was a reason he couldn’t see,” Mr Prat said. “Karl Townsend had stabbed him twice in the face and head.”

The stitches are said to have been so severe that they pierced bone and cartilage, severed the optic nerve and penetrated the brain.

The prosecutor said that while burglary is a “despicable crime, it cannot justify this level of serious violence”.

The half-brothers then drove away, but returned less than a minute later and crashed into an adjacent wall.

Townsend allegedly approached Brophy with the same broken knife to pierce his neck and carotid artery, resulting in “catastrophic blood loss.”

The QC said: “According to the pathologist who performed the autopsy, Jordan Brophy would have died in time from the brain injuries inflicted at home, but the carotid artery killed him almost instantly.”

The prosecutor said Townsend caused Brophy’s death but Cunningham “also bears responsibility”.

The duo were brought to trial at Liverpool Crown Court on Monday.

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Townsend, 32, and Cunningham, 23, both deny murder and possession of a bladed object.

The process goes on. Dad ‘stabs burglar to death after seeing gang break into house on doorbell’

Bobby Allyn

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