THE family of a Barrow man who was stabbed to death has spoken of their disappointment after police concluded their investigations.

David Greenall was 48 when he died from his injuries in hospital after being stabbed in an incident at Broad Close in Ormsgill last year.

David’s bereaved sister Lisa Marie Dermody said the family are ‘bitterly disappointed’ after Cumbria Police revealed they had closed an investigation into his death.

William Adrian Hughes, who was charged with murder, maintained his innocence during a week-long trial and was acquitted by a jury.

Officers said there were now no outstanding lines of enquiry.

Mrs Dermody said: “We are bitterly disappointed that nobody will be held accountable for David’s death and that we miss him every day.

“We hope whoever took David’s life will have it on their conscience forever and that Karma will play its part in some way.”

The court heard that on June 12, Mr Hughes had been exercising his dogs in the communal garden when neighbour Paul McAllister had confronted him.

Jurors were told Mr McAlllister was a known criminal with a long history of carrying knives, and left his flat looking for a fight.

Mr Greenall, who lived in the same block, also joined in the ‘tumbling scrap’ which was developing.

Neighbours said they saw a fight between the three men with fists flying and insults being hurled.

During the fight Mr Greenall was stabbed in the abdomen.

He suffered a 10cm deep wound which had penetrated his liver, leading to his death.

His sister Lisa described her brother as having a ‘big heart’, and said he had been enjoying a happy period of his life when the incident had happened.

She said: “Through life’s struggles David was in a happy place when this happened.

“He had a big heart but often misunderstood which was a shame.

“He will forever be in our hearts.”