Brickie admits stabbing – but ‘never meant to kill’

Jamie Stewart - murdered on Howcroft Avenue

Jamie Stewart - murdered on Howcroft Avenue

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A BRICKLAYER accused of murdering a teenager he stabbed four times on a Sheffield street has denied intending to seriously harm his victim.

Danny Parr has admitted stabbing 19-year-old Jamie Stuart as he walked home after a night out in Parson Cross, but denies intending to kill him.

Parr, 20, told Sheffield Crown court he had drunk 12 cans of lager and some vodka on the night of the attack.

Asked how he felt about what he had done, he told jurors: “Devastated, shocked, disgraced, upset and angry – just about every bad word you can think of really.”

Jonathan Fuller QC, defending, asked Parr where he had intended to stab Mr Stuart, to which he replied: “His legs and his arms.”

He then asked Parr if he was aware he had stabbed Mr Stuart in the chest. Parr said: “No”.

The prosecution claim Parr stabbed Mr Stuart to death as he walked home along Holgate Avenue, after attending a 21st birthday party on Saturday, July 23.

Parr said he attacked Mr Stuart after Mr Stuart and his cousin Connor Jessop ‘had words’. He told the jury: “Connor grabbed Jamie and got him into a headlock. I wasn’t intending to get involved.

“Jamie wriggled free, Connor had his back to him for a second and that’s when I jumped in.”

Parr said he thought he had stabbed Jamie twice in the leg and twice in his arms.

He said: “I stabbed him in the back of his legs. His leg dropped, that’s when I must have caught him in the chest.

“I wasn’t intending to kill him. I just wanted to cut him.”

Asked why he pulled the knife, he said: “I don’t know. I’ve never used a knife before. It was the first time I’ve stabbed anybody – it was a stupid mistake. I’m ashamed. I’m sorry for what’s happened.”

Parr, of Broom Close, Rotherham, said he only believed Jamie had died when he logged on to The Star website – www.thestar.co.uk – the next day.

He later handed himself in to the police.

The trial continues.

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