Martial arts expert jailed for manslaughter of former soldier Charles McInally

Troy Ktori - picture from West Midlands Police
Troy Ktori – picture from West Midlands Police

A former Thai Boxing world champion has been jailed for 12 years for the manslaughter of Scots ex-serviceman Charles McInally.

Troy Ktori, 27, was accused of murdering Mr McInally, 55, at the former soldier’s Birmingham home last year.

But following a week-long trial at Birmingham Crown Court the martial arts expert, of Shenstone Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, was cleared of murder and convicted of manslaughter.

A three times world champion in his youth, Ktori stabbed the ex-Royal Signal Regiment soldier through the throat after an afternoon of drinking and taking cocaine.

He claimed he was acting in self-defence.

Jailing him for 12 years, with an extended five years on licence, Mr Justice Neil Garnham told Ktori; “You have a temper that is made worse by drink and drugs, both of which a abuse regularly.

“You behaviour demonstrates when irritated by others you will resort to violence .

“You do not act in a moment of red mist but in a collected, calm, determined manner.

“You are a dangerous man Mr Ktori.”

Mr McInally, originally from Dundee, was a member of the Royal Signals regiment for eight years.

He had only recently moved to Birmingham before his death and had been working as a railway engineer.

During the trial it was heard Ktori, his girlfriend Crystal Jeffries, 30, and pal Matthew Roper, 25, had all met up with Mr McInally and his housemate Carl Martin on August 17.

After drinking in a pub, all five returned to Mr McInally and Mr Martin’s home to drink more and take cocaine.

It was then the mood changed, with kick-boxer Ktori twice punching Mr Martin in the face.

He left the party but later returned after hearing allegations Ms Jefferies had been assaulted and propositioned by Mr Martin.

Claiming he returned unarmed but was confronted by Mr Martin with a knife Mr Justice Garnham found it was the martial artist who had been armed.

The judge also rejected the claim Mr McInally had been armed saying; “It seems unlikely in the extreme he was capable of challenging you when you entered his living room with a knife.”

Instead it was found Ktori had tried to attack Mr McInally, who, in a drunken state had stumbled into the blade Ktori was holding.

Fatally wounded, the former soldier was found dead on his sofa in a pool of blood.

Ktori ran away, first taking refuge with Jeffries and Roper at a friend’s house before later camping in countryside outside of the city.

The trio handed themselves into police six days after the killing.

Describing Ktori’s actions after Mr McInally suffered the fatal wound, the judge said; “Your conduct was cowardly and appalling.

“You made off, did nothing to assist Mr McInally.”

In a victim impact statement Mr McInally’s brother Paul and mum Sarah spoke of their “anguish and loss” following the former soldier’s death.

Mr Justice Garnham said; “He may have had his faults, but there was another far more positive side to his character. His death at your hands was a tragedy for him and his family.”

Deemed a dangerous offender, Ktori will have to serve at least two thirds of the twelve year sentence behind bars.

Jeffries and Roper, also of Shenstone Road, both pleaded guilty to a charge of assisting an offender.

Jeffries was jailed for 20 months, suspended for two years, while Roper was jailed for 20 months.

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