A FATHER-of-four who murdered Jason ‘Jay Jay’ Taylor with a champagne flute has successfully appealed the length of his sentence.

In August 2018, Jack James Costello was given a life sentence with a minimum 19-year term imposed for the unprovoked fatal stabbing of the 23-year-old at Esco-Bar in Darwen in January of that year.

However, on Friday, Costello had the minimum term reduced to 16 years after a ruling by law lords in the Court of Appeal in London.

The news has rocked Jay Jay’s mother Vicky Taylor and his family and friends who were already upset after Costello tried to appeal his conviction in February – which was thrown out.

Vicky said: “I’m absolutely devastated but 16 years is still a long time, that is what I have to keep telling myself.

“That man has took away someone who can never be replaced – my son.

“Every day I have to live with it. Every day wanting to hear his voice, give him a hug and I still can’t believe he is gone. I never will.

“Instead I’m left with nightmares every night, flashbacks of when it happened and reliving it in my head.

“I just wish now they will leave us alone and let my boy rest in peace.”

It means Costello, formerly of Victoria Street, Rishton, is now eligible to apply for parole in August 2034.

He pleaded guilty at the start of his trial to manslaughter but always denied murder.

His Preston Crown Court trial heard how Jay Jay died in hospital following the brutal attack where he was stabbed in the neck.

The victim had had words with Kayle Smith, nephew of the defendant’s former partner, on the night in question.

Jurors heard Jay Jay had been talking to a friend of a friend at the bar before Smith leaned in and said: “Aren’t you too good to be talking to him?”

Jay Jay did not react but the court heard 30-year-old Smith headbutted him. Moments later Smith spoke with Costello, who approached the younger man and put his arm around his neck.

Costello first bit the ear of Jay Jay, for around six seconds, while those nearby attempted to intervene.

Then Costello thrust a glass champagne flute into his victim’s neck, severing his jugular vein, the court heard.

As Jay Jay collapsed, Costello threw the stem of the glass at him, prosecutors said, before he brawled with door staff.