Sheffield dad stabbed in grocery store

South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of the shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station  Paul David Drabble
South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of the shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station Paul David Drabble
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A man who stabbed a Sheffield dad in the back at a city grocery store has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Lewis Barker aged 22, plunged the blade into John Bean, who was hurling cans of food at him across the Southey Green Co-op, Sheffield Crown Court heard.

Co-accused Jamie Howden, also 22, was jailed for two years for brandishing a baseball bat outside Mr Bean’s home in Donovan Close, Parson Cross, last October.

The court heard there was a long-standing feud between the men.

It was alleged three days after the Co-op attack, Barker and Howden turned up outside Mr Bean’s home and Barker fired shots at the property, while Howden wielded a baseball bat.

At a trial last month, Mr Bean’s wife Cherie said she had seen Barker with a handgun outside her home seconds before the shooting and Howden brandishing the bat.

During cross examination, Mrs Bean was asked why she had failed to name the men when she first reported the matter to the police, but named them in later statements.

She said she was not thinking straight.

Barker, of no fixed address, admitted stabbing Mr Bean and possessing an offensive weapon, but was cleared by the jury of firing shots at the Beans’ home.

Howden, of Lytton Drive, Parson Cross, was found guilty of wielding the baseball bat, but cleared of attempting to murder Jordan Porter, who was shot in the legs on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough a few days after the alleged shooting in Parson Cross.

Another man, 26-year-old Darren Whitehead, of Oxspring Bank, Shirecliffe, was also cleared of attempting to murder Mr Porter.

Sentencing them, Judge Simon Lawler QC said the fact the offences were premeditated and took place in public were aggravating features.

He said their previous convictions showed both had a propensity for using weapons and violence.