Wife of stab death victim talks of heartbreak

NamedCL'Justin Hague
NamedCL'Justin Hague

THE heartbroken wife of a man stabbed to death in Rotherham has spoken of her shock that he will not be celebrating Christmas with his family.

Justin Hague, aged 40, of Whitehill Drive, Brinsworth, was attacked in a disturbance at a house on the other side of the Rotherham suburb on Saturday night.

Shocked residents living close to the crime scene on Godric Drive said they saw a group of males using an old door as a battering ram to force their way into the semi-detached house, where a fight then broke out.

During the trouble, Justin – a father-of-three – suffered a number of stab wounds and was found bleeding on nearby Godric Green.

He was rushed to Rotherham District General Hospital but medics were unable to save him and a murder probe was launched.

His devastated wife Natalie – the mother of the couple’s two daughters and one son – said: “We are all totally devastated about Justin’s death. It seems a senseless and pointless act which has robbed me of my husband and father to our children. He was a loving and kind husband and his mum has lost a loving son.”

Detectives investigating the circumstances surrounding the death have arrested a third suspect on suspicion of murder – a 36-year-old Brinsworth man, who was quizzed yesterday.

Two other local men in their 20s arrested on suspicion of murder over the weekend were still in custody yesterday after magistrates granted police extra time to interview them.

Three other men arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary were also kept in custody.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Fenwick, who is leading the investigation, said: “We believe that this was a targeted incident so members of the general public are not at risk in any way.”

Anyone with any information about the incident at 10pm on Saturday should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.