Killer ‘ashamed’ after Sheffield youth stabbed to death

Jamie Stewart - murdered on Howcroft Avenue
Jamie Stewart - murdered on Howcroft Avenue

A YOUNG man accused of murdering a teenager by knifing him on a Sheffield street told a jury he felt ‘ashamed and devastated’ when he realised his victim had died.

Daniel Parr, aged 21, stabbed 19-year-old Jamie Stuart on Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, piercing his heart with the blade.

But Parr told Sheffield Crown Court he ‘didn’t want to’ stab Jamie, and said he only did so because he was ‘panicked’.

“I just involved myself in a situation I didn’t need to be involved in,” he said.

Jamie, of Orchard Close, Eckington, was returning home from a 21st birthday party when he was approached by Parr and his cousin, Connor Jessop.

Parr told jurors that Connor and Jamie were involved in a dispute earlier in the day, and said his cousin had originally been carrying the knife.

“Connor had it in his hand because he was going to stab a car tyre. He usually has a knife on him at all times. I took the knife off him, and it was in my left pocket.”

Parr said he stabbed Jamie shortly after recognising him.

“I’m 100 per cent positive the first blow was to the back of the left leg. I didn’t know he got stabbed in the chest.”

He told the court he ‘didn’t bother’ calling for an ambulance - despite seeing fatally-wounded Jamie collapse into a nearby conifer tree.

“I didn’t think he was that hurt,” Parr said. “I wanted to cause him a couple of scars.”

Parr admitted wearing gloves during the incident, which happened on July 22, 2011, but said that was a ‘fashion statement’.

He also denied later bragging to pals about stabbing Jamie.

Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, said Parr produced the knife and told his friends, ‘You can see how far it’s gone in’.

But Parr replied: “I wasn’t showing off, I got it out to look at it. I’m ashamed of what I’ve done, I’m absolutely devastated and I’m sorry. I knew the right thing to do was hand myself in so I did.”

Mr Moulson said: “You were thinking about killing him or causing him maximum harm because no-one threatens your family.”

Parr, of Broom Close, Rotherham, admits manslaughter but denies murder.

The trial continues.