He “did an M bro,” and got 17 yrs minimum for it!
A ‘baby-faced’ teenager has been jailed for a minimum of 17 years for knifing a granddad to death in a Kingstanding family park.
Leary Dalton-Byrne, aged 18, repeatedly stabbed Dean Ward with a carving knife on 20 June 2018 and then boasted about the attack to his friends.
Dean, who was 45, was walking through Finchley Park with his friend at around 6.30am when they were approached by Dalton-Byrne and another youth.
The teen asked Dean for a cigarette and when he said he didn’t have any because he doesn’t smoke, the teenager launched into a vicious attack, stabbing his legs several times.
Mr Ward’s friend flagged down a passer-by in the park and called an ambulance. But despite being rushed to hospital for emergency treatment, Dean died a week later from complications caused by his injuries.
Just hours after the attack Dalton-Byrne bragged to friends about what he’d done. His confession was recorded and circulated on social media, leading to his arrest and subsequent charge.
In custody he denied being responsible, instead claiming the friend he was with in the park carried out the attack.
After sentencing Detective Chief Inspector Peter Dunn, who was the investigation’s SIO (senior investigation officer), said:
“Dean’s family has been left devastated by the death of their loving granddad, father, son and brother.
“Although nothing will bring Dean back, we hope this sentence brings some closure to his family and sends a strong message to those willing to carry knives on our streets.
“Knife violence devastates many lives and our relentless fight to tackle this menace continues. If people do suspect someone is carrying a knife in public, or have any concerns relating to knife crime in their community, then we want to hear from them.”