Breaking: Knife killer jailed for a decade

James Knowles, jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of Mubarak Ali.
James Knowles, jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of Mubarak Ali.
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A KILLER has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars for the manslaughter of a young man on a Sheffield street.

James Knowles, aged 22, left 23-year-old Mubarak Ali with fatal knife wounds after stabbing him on Mount Pleasant Road, Highfield, last September.

Mubarak, from Broomhall, was killed shortly after being involved in an altercation inside Swarv barber’s shop on nearby Abbeydale Road.

Knowles, of Deer Park Road, Stannington, was convicted of manslaughter, but acquitted of murder, by a jury at Sheffield Crown Court.

Det Supt Terry Mann, from South Yorkshire Police, said the case was ‘difficult and complex’.

“Even at this stage following a lengthy investigation and subsequent court hearing, we are no closer to establishing the motive behind this crime but I am confident this was not a random attack,” he said.

“We’re pleased that justice has been served but we take little satisfaction that another young man has lost his life, and another faces a lengthy prison sentence. This once again shows the dangers of young men arming themselves with weapons.”

Chief Inspector Iain Chorlton added the police force will work with Sheffield Council and other agencies to ‘monitor and improve community relations’.

“Our aim is to reduce tensions before they spill over into violence but as this case tragically demonstrates, this is not always possible,” he said.


By Richard Blackledge