A dying man told police the name of his killer after collapsing in the street.
Steven Carey revealed Benjamin Wilkinson was the man who had stabbed him in the back during a “vicious” attack.
The 25-year-old was later found hiding in a shed.
Police were called to Pooltown Road in Ellesmere Port at 8.50pm on March 14 following reports of a disturbance.
Officers found Mr Carey, who had been stabbed in the back three times, collapsed on nearby Regent Street.
It was there he told them Wlikinson was responsible for his injuries.
He was then taken to the Countess of Chester Hospital, where he died a short time later.
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A knife that was later found to have DNA from the victim on was recovered and, two days later, Wilkinson was charged with murder.
Wilkinson admitted manslaughter but denied murder.
His 10 day Chester Crown Court trial heard he had been at a former partner’s house when Mr Carey came to speak to him “regarding a debt”.
This led to an argument and a fight broke out in the street, during which Wilkinson removed a knife from the waistband of his trousers and stabbed Mr Carey across the lower and upper back.
Wilkinson, of no fixed abode, was cleared of murder but yesterday handed a 16 year sentence for manslaughter and possession of a knife.
Two officers who fought to save Mr Carey’s life and comfort him in his last moments, PC Dave Smith and PC Chris Fry, were awarded a judge’s commendation for their efforts.
Two witnesses were also commended.
Following the sentence hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Hughes said: “This was a vicious attack which left Steven with catastrophic injuries.
“I would like to praise the actions of the officers who were first on scene – who tried to save Steven’s life and acted swiftly to apprehend Wilkinson and trace the weapon. I’d also like to thank the team of detectives who worked hard to secure a conviction in this case.
“Wilkinson’s actions have caused devastation to Steven’s family and they have had to relive the details of what happened during this 10 day trial. This has been incredibly difficult for them.”