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DIY din sparked a knife murder.

Byline: JEREMY ARMSTRONG

A MAN who was driven to distraction by a neighbour's noisy DIY finally snapped - and stabbed the handyman to death.

Christopher Hoyland, 42, called at George Evans's house on the day he was drilling holes in a party wall and plunged a knife into his neck.

Yesterday Hoyland was facing life in jail after being convicted of murder following a six-day trial.

Electrician Mr Evans, 54, was renovating his house in Middlesbrough, apparently using an industrial drill on plasterboard. As the work went on for three months, Hoyland recorded his anger in a diary and on post-it notes.

One diary entry read: "George next door has been pushing me over the edge - the noise."

On the day of the killing, he wrote: "Gosh, I am going to get the blame."

The prosecution told Teesside crown court the knife blow was "a purposeful and aimed thrust".

Hoyland tried to create an alibi by going to his sister's to walk her dog.

He will be sentenced on April 30 after reports are considered on brain damage he suffered in a karate attack in 2001.

His wife and two children later left him.

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GUILTY: Hoyland; DRILL: Mr Evans
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 2004
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