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Family in plea on stab death; CRIME: Police call for wanted man to come forward.

Byline: By Catherine Lillington

THE family of a man stabbed to death in a violent attack at a Birmingham pub have appealed for the killer to end their "nightmare" and give himself up.

Dad-of-five Andrew Rowley was stabbed once in the abdomen, outside the Bugle Horn pub in Frankley.

The 38-year-old, who worked as a labourer and lived in Garden Close, Frankley, was taken to Selly Oak Hospital where doctors lost their battle to save his life.

Andrew's younger brother Graham said: "The family ask the man who did this to do the decent thing and hand himself in.

"They also want to urge people who know where this man is to call the police, or Crimestoppers and release his family from this continuing nightmare."

His family said they have been struggling since Andrew's death on March 26. Graham, aged 37, added: "Andrew was a fun loving, outgoing young man. He loved his family, especially his five children.

"He was hard working, although he always had time for his beloved Blues. He was always willing to help anyone.

"The family have found the last week extremely difficult, but have found great comfort in the people who have called and shared their memories of Andrew."

Det Insp Richard Mayhew joined the family's appeal for information when he spoke after an inquest into Andrew's death, which was opened and adjourned yesterday.

He said: "I'd like anyone at the Bugle Horn that afternoon to come forward or indeed anyone who was passing."

Police have also released the image of John Leeson who they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

The 43-year-old is described as white, with a shaven head, brown eyes, of stocky build, about 5ft 6ins tall and with tattoos and a small scar under his left eye.

Anyone with informationcan call police on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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