A man has been jailed for 10 years after stabbing his friend to death when he offended him over a Lionel Richie song.
Corey Thomas, 19, was offended when Andrew Male, 45, mocked the song Love, Oh Love, then turned it off because it had been played at his grandfather’s funeral.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Thomas then flew into a rage and killed Male in January this year.
Flew into a rage: Corey Thomas (left) stabbed his friend Andrew Male (right) 18 times after his victim had mocked a Lionel Richie ballad that had been played his grandfather’s funeral
Prosecutor Huw Evans said: ‘The song had a significant effect on Thomas because it was played at his grandfather’s funeral.
‘Mr Male made derogatory remarks about the song and he changed the CD and called him “kiddo”.
‘Thomas was offended about being spoken to in this way. He hit him, picked up a knife from the kitchen and stabbed him.’
The court heard Thomas stabbed his victim 18 times across his body and face and nearly cut his ear in half.
Victim: Mr Male, 45, was attacked after he turned off the track Love, Oh Love and then called Thomas ‘kiddo’
Jailed: Thomas (pictured at an earlier hearing) was sentenced to life after admitting murder
The pair had been listening to hits compilation ‘Back to Front’ at the home of Mr Male, 45, in Aberdare, South Wales.
Cardiff Crown Court heard they had been drinking beers while playing the CD, which features hits such as Hello, All Night Long and Dancing on the Ceiling.
When album track Love, Oh Love came on, it was mocked by Mr Male, prompting drunken Thomas to used an 4ins kitchen knife to stab Mr Male ‘multiple times’.
Afterwards, Thomas went to his sister’s house and told her he had gotten into a row about a Lionel Richie CD.
Cardiff Crown Court heard Thomas was arrested shortly after the attack in January this year.
He said to officers: ‘I just murdered someone. Ha ha ha! I just murdered someone and laughed about it.
‘Why did I have to go and kill him for? He was taking the p*** out of my grandfather.’
Thomas, of Aberdare, pleaded guilty to murder. He was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 10 years and 10 months.
Judge Eleri Rees said drink had a ‘profound effect’ on his behaviour.