Teen stabbed in chest by pal after ‘park row’

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

A SHEFFIELD teenager died after he was stabbed through the heart by a friend who used such ‘severe force’ he cut through his chest bone.

Danny Robert Parr, aged 20, stabbed 19-year-old Jamie Stuart four times as he made his way home along Holgate Avenue, Parson Cross, after a 21st birthday party on July 23 last year, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, said the fatal blow was delivered with such force it cut through Jamie’s sternum and pierced his heart.

The teenager, of Orchard Close, Ecclesfield, was found by a passer-by who tried to resuscitate him but he died a short time later in the Northern General Hospital.

Parr, of Broom Close, Bramley, Rotherham, admits stabbing Jamie but denies murder.

He also admits carrying a lock knife in public.

Mr Moulson said on the night of the killing Parr and his cousin Connor Jessop had been drinking in Colley Park.

They were walking along Holgate Road when they came across Jamie.

He said an argument followed and witnesses described hearing a man saying repeatedly ‘Why did you do that?’.

Mr Moulson said the men left the scene and went to their friend Corrie Jowitt’s house.

Parr told her he’d stabbed Jamie twice in the arm and twice in the leg, adding: “No one threatens my family. I did it for my family.”

He told Miss Jowitt Jamie had said to him ‘please don’t’ and backed away from him as if he knew he was going to stab him.

Mr Moulson said Parr showed Miss Jowitt the knife, adding: “It appeared to her as though he was getting a buzz out of it.”

Mr Moulson added: “She recalled the defendant looking at the blade and he said he could see how far it had gone in.

“She said to him ‘are you stupid. You’ve just stabbed someone with that and it’s got your fingerprints on it’.

“Mr Parr replied ‘It hasn’t, I used it with these’ - and pulled a pair of black leather gloves out of his trousers.”

Mr Moulson said Parr later sent a text to friend Sean Pryor, which read: “That lad who were with Kyle earlier - I just pierced him four times bro.

“What you saying? Need to talk tomorrow.”

The court heard earlier in the day Jamie, Parr and another youth had gone together to a bookmakers on Buchanan Road.

There was no dispute and all parties had gone their separate ways.

Jamie had gone to the birthday party at the White Horse pub on Halifax Road, while Parr and Connor Jessop drank beer and vodka in Colley Park.

Parr later told police in a statement he’d stabbed Jamie because he thought he was going to pull a knife on him.

The trial continues.