Teen who killed "loving grandad" by repeatedly stabbing him over a cigarette found guilty of murder
18-year-old Leary Dalton-Byrne was found guilty of murder at the Birmingham Crown Court this past week and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 1.
A Birmingham teenager who repeatedly stabbed a "loving grandad" and inflicted serious injuries to him which resulted in his death, and then bragged about the attack on social media, has been convicted of murder.
Eighteen-year-old Leary Dalton-Byrne, despite pleading his innocence, was found guilty in the murder of 45-year-old Dean Ward.
According to a press release by the Birmingham Police, the incident unfolded at Finchley Park in Kingstanding during the early morning of June 20. Ward was reportedly walking around the park with a friend at around 6:30 am when they were approached by Dalton-Byrne and another youth.
The 18-year-old is said to have asked Ward for a cigarette, and when the 45-year-old said he didn't have any on him because he didn't smoke, the teen launched into a vicious attack and stabbed the grandfather's legs several times before making his escape.
The press release stated that Ward's friend flagged down another person at the park and called an ambulance to the scene. The 45-year-old was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment and would initially survive but died a week later as a result of complications caused by his injuries.
Just hours after committing the despicable attack, Dalton-Byrne bragged to friends about what he'd done, saying, "I have just done an M bro," and gave gory details about how he had stabbed his 45-year-old victim in the leg and shoulder.
The confession was recorded and circulated on social media and would eventually lead to his arrest, as well as the subsequent charge of murder. The 18-year-old reportedly denied being responsible for the attack in custody and instead tried to shift blame, claiming the friend he was with in the park carried out the attack.
The teen continued to profess his innocence during his trial at the Birmingham Crown Court this past Friday, December 14 but was convicted of murder. His sentencing hearing was adjourned until February 1 next year.
The Daily Mail reported that there were clashes between the families of the victim and the defendant after the verdict was read out. Timothy Raggatt QC, the 18-year-old's attorney, said it might help for time to pass before sentencing "for temperatures to cool."
"He [Dalton-Byrne] is someone with difficulties and has a damaged personality in many ways," he said. "To be quite blunt whether he comprehends the enormity of what he has done is not exactly clear."