Man jailed for murder of Liverpool fan in Camden

15:09 29 November 2012

Paul Beck has been sentenced to life in jail. Picture: Met Police

Paul Beck has been sentenced to life in jail. Picture: Met Police

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A man has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years for stabbing a Liverpool football fan to death in a bar in Camden Town.

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Paul Beck, 29, of Spring Place, Kentish Town, was handed a life sentence at the Old Bailey today for the murder of 26-year-old Alex Jarmay in February.

Judge Gerald Gordon told Beck he must serve 18 years in prison before he can be considered for parole - prompting clapping and shouts of “yes” from members of Mr Jarmay’s family, who were sat in court.

Yesterday, Paul Beck pleaded guilty to murdering Mr Jarmay, while his brother Damien Beck, 24, of the same address, pleaded guilty to wounding Alex’s brother Luke Jarmay, 22.

Damien Beck’s plea of not guilty to murder was accepted.

Football fan Alex Jarmay was stabbed to death after coming to London to watch Liverpool FC. Picture: Met PoliceFootball fan Alex Jarmay was stabbed to death after coming to London to watch Liverpool FC. Picture: Met Police

He was later sentenced to 10 months imprisonment after the court heard he struck Luke Jarmay, spliting his lips and injuring his mouth.

Judge Gordon told Beck: “You will have to live with the fact that your blow proved to be the prelude to your brother’s fatal stabbing.”

Mr Jarmay, of Bromborough, Wirral, died after being stabbed at Bar Uno, in Inverness Street, Camden Town, before collapsing outside.

He had travelled to the capital with his brother and friends to watch Liverpool FC play Cardiff City FC in the Carling Cup final, which Liverpool won the next day.

The group of around 12 friends had gone out for a quiet drink on the night of the murder.

Det Chf Insp Matt Bonner, of the homicide and serious crime command, said after the sentencing: “This was an awful unprovoked attack which tragically resulted in Alex losing his life.

“Nobody present in the bar that night could have foreseen what was to happen.

“Alex and Luke were enjoying a night out with a group of friends and witnesses described a good atmosphere without a hint of trouble.

“For reasons only known to him Paul Beck decided to arm himself with a knife and together with his brother, Damien, launch an unprovoked attack on Alex and his brother Luke.

“My thoughts are with Alex’s family and friends and I hope they can now start to come to terms with their loss in the knowledge that the person responsible will spend a long time behind bars.”

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