Killers to be sentenced over death of dad-of-three from Sheffield

Four men are to be sentenced today over the death of a dad-of-three from Sheffield who was stabbed in broad daylight.

By Claire Lewis
Friday, 07 June, 2019, 08:23

Jarvin Blake, aged 22, was knifed in his chest in an attack in Brackley Street, Burngreave, in March last year.

L-R: Lewis Barker and Caine Gray

A group of men jumped out of a car and chased him and a friend, who was seriously injured after being struck over his head with a paving slab.

While it was never established who delivered the fatal knife wound, all four men were said to have ‘had a plan and worked together to orchestrate Mr Blake’s death’.

L-R: Devon Walker and Josiah Foster

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The stabbing is believed to have been ‘a result of a build-up of violence’ associated with ‘the dealing of drugs’.

Lewis Barker, 27, North Hill Road, Southey Green, pleaded guilty to murder and Caine Gray, 27, of Treetown Crescent, Treeton, Rotherham, was found guilty of the same offence following a four-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

Sheffield men Josiah Foster, 26, of Wordsworth Crescent, Parson Cross and Devon Walker, 25, of Ellesmere Road North, Burngreave, were both found guilty of manslaughter.

The men are to be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court this afternoon.

Jarvin Blake

Speaking after their trial, Kelsey Dixon, Jarvin’s fiancee and the mother of his children, said he was her ‘world’ and he ‘idolised’ his children.

She said: “I hope the Judge gives them a large custodial sentence.

“A large custodial sentence will not bring Jarvin back but it will help me to move on with my life knowing that these murdering cowards are in prison.”