Murder victim was one of siege gang

Scene of fatal stabbing at Whitehill Drive, Brinsworth Rotherham
Scene of fatal stabbing at Whitehill Drive, Brinsworth Rotherham
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A MAN who was stabbed to death following a disturbance was part of a gang laying siege to the property where the murder took place.

Jason Hague, aged 40, was killed in a disturbance at a house on Godric Drive, Brinsworth, Rotherham, after he and a group of other men tried to force their way into the property.

Residents told police they saw a group of men using an old door as a battering ram to smash their way into the semi-detached house.

During the fracas Justin, who lived with his son, was stabbed.

He died in Rotherham District General Hospital a short time later.

Karl Hague, aged 19, of Whitehill Drive, Brinsworth, was one of three men arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary following the incident.

He appeared at Rotherham Magistrates’ Court yesterday, and was remanded in custody.

Two others arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary and three others arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail until the New Year.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Fenwick said: “We’re piecing together information to get a full picture of what happened that night leading up to Justin Hague’s murder.

“At this stage we think the stabbing was the result of an accumulation of events between two groups in the Rotherham area. This was a targeted incident.”

Residents today claimed ‘trophy hunters’ had been gathering at the scene since police removed the cordon and posing for photographs.

One man, who didn’t want to be named, claimed youths had been searching the garden looking for ‘trophies’ to take away.

“Ever since the police moved away youths have been coming up to the house and posing for photographs on mobile phones - it’s sick,” he said.

“It looks like they have been searching the garden looking for so-called trophies connected to the murder to take away.

“The police need to come back to stop these youths from gathering here.

“I don’t know if they are trying to glorify the death but whatever they are doing, they are going to be upsetting two families.”