South Shields man David Rogers and his brother Samuel Rogers jailed for killing younger sibling in family feud
Two brothers have been jailed for unlawfully killing their younger sibling who was stabbed in the chest following a family feud.
David Rogers, 33, of Nora Street, South Shields, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering Thomas Rogers, while 30-year-old Samuel Rogers was jailed for nine years for manslaughter at Birmingham Crown Court.
Passing sentence on Thursday, Judge Melbourne Inman QC told the men: "You are brothers and the victim was your younger brother.
"Thomas was only 26 years of age when he was killed, with much of his life before him."
The judge, who told Samuel Rogers that he would have to serve two-thirds of his nine-year term before being considered for parole, accepted that all three brothers had had a difficult childhood.
He also accepted that David Rogers had not intended to kill his brother and that Thomas's actions towards their mother had contributed to the rift within the family.
But he told David and Samuel Rogers, who are currently sharing a jail cell: "You were both armed with large knives. This was a determined attack which you David had travelled a considerable distance the day before to commit."
A four-week trial was told a stab wound penetrated Thomas Rogers' heart when he was attacked while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in Mill Pool Way, near Birmingham's Bristol Road, on August 22, 2020.
The killing, which took place a day after windows were smashed at Samuel Rogers' Nottinghamshire home, was said to have been motivated by a feud sparked by a "number of reasons" which led to the victim falling out with several relatives.
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC told the court: "David Rogers told the police he wasn't involved in killing his brother - that he was elsewhere.
"That was a lie and I understand he has now changed his account and accepts he had a knife and accepts that he unlawfully killed his brother, but didn't intend to kill him or cause really serious injury."
Jurors were told Samuel Rogers accepted he was armed with a knife but claimed he was unaware his older brother had harmed anyone.
Still images from CCTV cameras at a care home were shown to the jury, including one of a Ford Ka which blocked the path of the black Vauxhall Astra Thomas Rogers was sitting in.
Jurors also heard that the victim was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after being stabbed, and that David Rogers was arrested in a wooded area in Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Samuel Rogers, of St Michael's Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was arrested in the early hours and told police he had been in Nottingham.
In a victim impact statement read to Thursday's hearing, the siblings' mother Carole Rogers said she believed her older sons would not have left Thomas to die if they had known how badly injured he was.
The grieving mother, who watched the proceedings via an online link, said: "I am heartbroken, I am devastated. I wish I could turn the clock back but I can't. In the blink of an eye I have lost all three of my sons.
“My whole life has been shattered into pieces and no one can fix it for me."