Daughter of Lincoln dad fatally stabbed pays tribute to ‘best friend’

The daughter of a man fatally stabbed in Lincoln earlier this year, has spoken of the close relationship with her dad while hitting out at the woman jailed for his manslaughter.

As reported earlier, Kieley Davis was sentenced to seven years in prison at Lincoln Crown Court on November 26 after admitting a charge of manslaughter following the death of 39-year-old Robert Taylor on April 17.

Speaking on behalf of her family, Chelsey Taylor expressed her thanks to the police, Family Liaison Officer and family and friends for their support.

She said: “We’re all devastated. This was so unexpected and just shows how quickly something can happen. You don’t realise that any day could be your last day with someone.

“Dad was my best friend even though he was my dad, we had such a close relationship. We were so close and told each other everything. We had so much planned for the future and he was so young, not even 40.

“I want people to know he was a good man, he had such a good heart. He was incredibly protective of me and always said he’d be there for me, and he always was.

“I’m so grateful for the relationship we had. He got on well with everybody; he was bubbly, clever, really an amazing person.

“I don’t understand the mindset of using knives and I hope Kieley Davis knows what she has done to this family.”

Kieley Davis

Kieley Davis

DCI Martin Holvey, of EMSOU Major Crime, said following the hearing: “The sentence today is a fitting one and I’m pleased Davis has admitted the offence and saved the family the trauma of sitting through a trial.

“This was a senseless crime where an argument escalated and resulted in Mr Taylor losing his life, and it also shows the dangers of using knives.

“It has also left a family devastated and I hope the sentence today brings some closure for them, as well as demonstrating to the community that knife crimes will not be tolerated by Lincolnshire Police.”