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Teenager Killed Drinking Pal After Row Over Lionel Richie Song Played At Grandad's Funeral

14/08/2014 16:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

Teen killed drinking pal after row over Lionel Richie song played at grandad's funeral

A teenager has been sentenced to life after he killed a 45-year-old man during a row about a Lionel Richie song played at his grandfather's funeral.

Corey Thomas stabbed Andrew Male 18 times with a kitchen knife after the pair clashed over a CD that was being played while the pair were drinking at Mr Male's home in Aberdare, south Wales.

Thomas, who pleaded guilty to murder, was out on licence from a Young Offender's Institution when he killed Mr Male on January 9.

A court was told that Thomas, 19, met Mr Male at a kebab shop at about 11.30pm and asked him for a cigarette.

Mr Male said he didn't have one but that he had rolling tobacco at his flat.

They had both been drinking and went back to Mr Male's home.

Huw Evans, prosecuting, said they had been listening to music and that one of the songs, the name of which was not revealed in court, had a 'significant' effect on Thomas because it was played at his grandfather's funeral.

Thomas said Mr Male became verbally aggressive towards him and made derogatory remarks about the song.

Mr Evans said Mr Male changed the CD and called him 'kiddo'.

He said Thomas was offended about being spoken to in this way and said that Mr Male became more verbally aggressive.

The court was told Mr Thomas hit him and picked up a knife from the kitchen and stabbed Mr Male several times.

Thomas was given a life sentence with a minimum term of 10 years and 10 months.

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