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Jealous son kills mum s toyboy lover
Ben Edgar, Photo: Greater Manchester Police

An over-protective son has been jailed for life after killing his mother’s toyboy lover with a kitchen knife because he feared his mother was in a violent relationship.

Britain's Daily Mail website reports that the Manchester Crown Court heard how Ben Edgar, 20, was jealous of his 43-year-old mother's partner Mark Wood, 28, overtaking him as man of the house.

"Edgar was said to have been furious after his mother Samantha Bird, 43, claimed Mr Wood had beaten her up during an argument at their family home in Little Lever, Bolton, Greater Manchester," the Daily Mail said

The website said Edgar killed Mr Wood on June 12, just weeks after telling one family friend: 'I swear to God, if he goes near my mum and I’m here, I will kill him - I will do the time for him.'

Mr Wood was stabbed in the neck with a 37cm kitchen knife and died later in hospital.

It was claimed Edgar also resented the fact Wood lived at the property and believed that he, as Mrs Bird’s son, 'should be the only man in the house'.

The Mail quoted Katherine Blackwell QC prosecuting as saying: "A grudge had been harboured against Mr Wood by the defendant for some considerable time and this defendant, fueled with a mixture of hatred and jealousy, seized the opportunity to kill him.

"The reason given for the hatred was that the defendant’s mother had been in violent relationships in the past and the defendant didn’t want the same to develop with Mr Wood."

Edgar was sentenced overnight and must serve at least 12 years for the murder.