A shopkeeper will not face a murder charge after the man who tried to rob him was stabbed to death with his own knife.
Tony Singh, 34, was arrested after career criminal Liam Kilroe tried to rob him but died when Mr Singh defended himself.
Kilroe, 25, from St Helens, Merseyside, died from a single stab wound to the chest after trying to rob his victim on Birleywood Road, Skelmersdale, around 9pm on February 17.
Mr Singh, who owns the Lifestyle Express store in Birleywood, was arrested on suspicion of murder but later released on bail pending further inquiries.
Lancashire Police had earlier that week issued an appeal for Kilroe to hand himself in after he failed to appear at Preston Crown Court to face armed robbery charges.
He had previously been convicted of assault and robbery.
The force has now said Mr Singh will face no charges over the incident.
Detective Superintendent Mick Gradwell said: "This was a violent attack on Mr Singh by a convicted armed robber.
"My recommendation was that Mr Singh should not be prosecuted and I am pleased that the Crown Prosecution Service has agreed with that."
It is a damn disgrace that Mr. Singh was even arrested in the first place. Why was Kilroe even free to walk the streets in the first place when he was a known 'career criminal' and charged with armed robbery.
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