Man, 30, jailed for Darwen bar attack

Thursday, August 9, 2018

A Darwen man has today (Thursday, August 9) been jailed for his part in a violent assault on a male who was later fatally stabbed.

Kayle Smith (pictured), 30, of Vale Street, was sentenced to 16 months in prison at Preston Crown Court for attacking Jay Jay Livesey Taylor, 23, at Esco-Bar in The Green, Darwen, earlier this year.

Shortly after 1am on January 28, Smith approached Mr Livesey Taylor at the bar and following a brief conversation, head-butted him. Smith walked away and spoke to another man, Jack Costello.

Costello, 45, of Victoria Street, Rishton, then approached the victim and bit his ear before stabbing the 23-year-old in the neck with a champagne glass.

Mr Livesey Taylor suffered serious injuries and was taken to Royal Preston Hospital for treatment but sadly died.

Both Smith and Costello had made off from the scene but were later arrested by police.

Costello was charged with murder and Smith charged with assault.

Costello pleaded not guilty but following a trial was found guilty of murder on Tuesday (August 7). He was sentenced to life in prison and will have to serve a minimum term of 19 years before being eligible to apply for parole.

Smith admitted the attack and was today jailed for 16 months.

Det Chief Insp Richard McCutcheon, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “Kayle Smith’s head butt was the catalyst to the fatal attack carried out on Mr Livesey Taylor by Costello.

“Smith must live with the consequences of his actions and we welcome today’s court result.”

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