Murder victim was ‘one in a billion’, say family

Sammy Haughton - stabbed to death in Kendray - December 2011

Sammy Haughton - stabbed to death in Kendray - December 2011

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HEARTBROKEN friends and relatives of a South Yorkshire man stabbed to death on his street have spoken of their loss on Facebook.

Sammy Haughton, aged 29, of Colley Crescent, Kendray, was found dying in a garden on the same street in the early hours of Tuesday.

Paramedics tried to revive him but he was pronounced dead at the scene and a murder probe was launched. He had been stabbed to death.

A 36-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder was still being held in police custody yesterday while detectives tried to piece together the circumstances surrounding the death.

Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries and forensics experts have examined the crime scene.

The house and road outside were cordoned off an under police guard while officers carried out enquiries in the immediate aftermath of the stabbing.

Sammy’s sister Sara Haughton posted a message on Facebook talking about the death.

She said: “At least now you can rest in peace – nobody to do your head in. You will always be in our thoughts.”

His brother Thomas Haughton described Sammy as ‘one in a billion’.

Mr Haughton said he always looked up to him.

Friend Nicky Hautzinger left a post saying ‘only the best die young’.

Jaki Pepper wrote ‘RIP Sammy. Gone but not forgotten.’

A Facebook tribute page had more than 120 members yesterday.

Pal Thomas Totty described Sammy as a ‘top lad’ and Michael Rhodie said he was ‘one of the good ones’.

Anyone with information about the killing should call Police on 101 and quote incident 48 of December 6.

n John Anthony Green, aged 36, of Colley Crescent, Kendray, was due to appear at Barnsley Magistrates’ Court today charged with the murder of Sammy Haughton.

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