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Phillips ‘killed neighbour over noise’

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William Parr

A Sheffield criminal who brutally murdered his neighbour was sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.

William Parr, formerly of Hall Park Head in Sheffield, was sentenced today (Thursday, May 18) at Sheffield Crown Court. Earlier this year, he proved guilty of manslaughter following a trial.

In January 2021, emergency services responded to South Road in High Green, where Lee Phillips, 45, was discovered with severe head injuries. He passed away while being transported to the hospital.

The court heard during the February trial that Mr. Phillips and Mr. Parr were neighbours on South Road in High Green. Prior to Mr. Phillips’ demise, his companion had complained about flames in the garden of their neighbours and excessive noise.

When Mrs. Phillips went downstairs to advise Mr. Phillips to leave the situation to the police, she discovered him “slumped.” Parr was initially detained on suspicion of assault.

Parr told police that he had just “pushed” Mr. Phillips, who had a laceration on the right side of his jawline and a significant bruise on a muscle on the side of his neck. An autopsy determined that the injuries were not consistent with a fall, but rather with a strike or impact. Mr. Phillips’ death was attributed to a haemorrhage at the base of the brain.


No injuries on his hands or knuckles indicated that he had struck or assaulted Parr. After the trial, which began on February 6, jurors adjourned to render their verdict and found Parr guilty of manslaughter but were unable to reach a verdict on the murder charge.

In a statement released following the verdicts, Mr Phillips’ family said: “Today has been a long time coming. Me and my family feel justice has been served despite still suffering our grief. This is something I will never forget and must live with for the rest of my life.

“A big thank you to South Yorkshire Police and the barrister Mr Thyne, medical doctors and any other parties concerned. We really appreciate all you have done.”

Temporary Detective Inspector Adam Watkinson, who led the investigation, said after his sentencing: “Today marks the conclusion of a lengthy criminal investigation and trial process that has lasted over two years, and my thoughts are with Mr Phillips’ family and loved ones today.

“No sentence passed can lessen the pain and grief of losing a loved one in such violent circumstances, though I hope that knowing Parr will now spend time behind bars offers them some sense of closure. I continue to ask that Mr Phillip’s family’s privacy is respected at this time.”

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