Man sentenced to life for Blackpool Murder

A 25 YEAR OLD Blackpool man has today been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of murdering another man in the town.

Mark Ball of Hornby Road, Blackpool was today (Friday 21st February 2014) told he must serve at least 18 years after being found guilty of murdering Marc Davies following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

A team of detectives led by Detective Superintendent Andy Murphy, launched an investigation after being called to a flat on Alexandra Road, Blackpool at around 2:00am on the 14th October 2012.

When officers entered the flat they discovered the body of 41 year old Marc Davis, who had been stabbed and had died from his wounds.

Mr Davies was at his home with his partner, some friends and Ball and for reasons only known to Ball, he attacked Mr Davies with a knife.

Detective Inspector Becky Smith said: “This was such a tragic and unnecessary loss of life our thoughts remain with Marc’s family at this sad time.

“This was a needless crime on a defenceless man. It was fuelled by drink and did not need to happen.  Why Ball decided to assault Mr Davies, only he knows. It is another example of people drinking far too much alcohol and not being able to control themselves.

“This case highlights the most serious consequences of carrying a knife. I would urge anyone who picks up a knife in anger to consider the consequences; it could lead to the loss of somebody’s life and a lifetime of sorrow for their family as well as a significant custodial sentence for the perpetrator.”