A jealous knifeman, who stabbed a younger love-rival to death in a “fit of rage” - plunging the blade into the defenceless victim six times – has been jailed.
Andrew Nichols, 45, (pic.bottom) of Excelsior Close, Kingston-upon-Thames knifed 28 year-old Colin Bolton (pic.top) through the heart.
He was cleared of murder, but convicted at the Old Bailey of manslaughter and received seven-and-a-half years.
Nichols had been dating the woman for eighteen months, but discovered she had started a relationship with Mr. Bolton.
The trio gathered at a flat in Kingsnympton Park, Kingston-upon-Thames, where the woman heard Mr. Bolton screaming as she entered the kitchen.
Nichols had punched and then repeatedly stabbed Mr. Bolton with a knife before fleeing from the property.
Paramedics were called and tried to resuscitate Mr. Bolton, but he had suffered a stab wound to the heart and lung and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Nichols, who has an IQ under 60, was eventually apprehended over 70-miles away at his brother's home in Portsmouth.
Detective Sergeant Rory Wilkinson, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "Colin Bolton had everything to live for.
“He had a loving family and friends, was a successful electrical engineer and had just started a new relationship.
"Unfortunately Colin Bolton's partner had previously been in a relationship with Andrew Nichols.
“Nichols was unwilling to accept the new situation and he killed Mr. Bolton in a fit of rage and jealousy.
“He stabbed the twenty-eight year-old six times before escaping to Portsmouth.”