Douglas Plumpton, 26, was jailed for life for murdering Iain Maddocks by stabbing him in the leg with a sword
A game of Thrones-obsessed writer has been jailed for life for murdering his neighbour with a ceremonial sword he kept to inspire his own fantasy novel.
Douglas Plumpton, 26, stabbed Iain Maddocks in the leg on his 32nd birthday with the large Saxon-style sword, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Plumpton, of Whetstone Lane, Birkenhead, called 999 as his victim lay bleeding to death in his flat and told the operator: ‘If he dies, it’s his own fault.’
He tried to cover his tracks by claiming the victim had attacked him – but was convicted of murder after a nine-day trial.
The left-wing activist – dubbed ‘Rasta Jack’ – stabbed Mr Maddocks on his 32nd birthday on March 30.
He claimed Mr Maddocks had produced a kitchen knife so he grabbed the sword, which was one of two he owned which provided him inspiration for his novel.
During the trial the jury heard how the victim bled to death after suffering a number of stab and slash wounds, including an injury to his femoral artery.
Judge Alan Conrad QC said low-level drug dealer Plumpton would supply illegal narcotics to people known to him, including Mr Maddocks.
But Plumpton had damaged Mr Maddocks’ car’s headlight in a row over an outstanding £140 drug debt – leaving the victim angry.
The judge said: ‘When Mr Maddocks came to your door, believing you were responsible for damaging his car, you armed yourself.
‘Iain Maddocks’ untimely death, in the horrific circumstances in which it took place, has caused misery and pain to those close to him.
The sword that Plumpton used to stab his victim. Plumpton was a game of Thrones-obsessed writer who owned swords which provided him inspiration for his novel
‘He had done nothing to deserve the brutal armed violence that you used and which ended his life.
‘I am satisfied so as to be sure that you used two weapons – sword and knife – in your attack upon Mr Maddocks.
‘You adopted a selfish lifestyle, supplying drugs to people known to you including Mr Maddocks, whose debt was the real cause of your annoyance.’
In her personal victim statement, read out in court, Mr Maddocks’ mum Linda said the death of her son was ‘the worst day of my life.’.
She added: ‘When my eldest son told me Iain had been stabbed, I went hysterical. I was on the floor screaming when I found out.
‘My life has been devastated. I’m angry we had to be put through this trial when we could have been spared this heartache.
‘This is something you never get over as a mum. I just wish I could change places with him.’
She said her son’s death was made worse by the fact it occurred on his 32nd birthday.
She added: ‘Easter Day 1986 was a very special day when he was born.
‘My life changed dramatically on the day Iain was taken from us. It was so unreal, like having some nightmare.
‘There were 100 people at his funeral. His friends have been amazing.’
Plumpton, whose former dreadlocks had been shorn off and who was wearing a grey suit, showed no emotion as he was led down from the dock after being sentenced to life imprisonment, with a minimum term of 19 years.