Man convicted of murder

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A man has been convicted of murdering a 44-year-old in Rotherham.

Victim George Dunn, who was known to his friends as ‘Jock’, died from multiple stab wounds as a result of the attack at a flat in Greenfield Road, Herringthorpe, on May 23 this year.

He managed to crawl from the scene and phone police to report he had been stabbed.

Mark Stocks, aged 40, who also lived at the property, was arrested at the scene and later charged with murder.

He denied the crime and appeared at Sheffield Crown Court for trial - where yesterday he was found guilty by a jury.

Donna Haylock, 45, of the same address, also stood trial charged with Mr Dunn’s murder and perverting the course of justice. She was found not guilty of murder but was convicted of perverting the course of justice.

After the case, South Yorkshire Police Detective Superintendent David Barraclough, who led the murder investigation, said: “This was a sustained and violent attack which was the result of a dispute - the exact cause of which remains unclear.

“The alarm was raised by a neighbour after Mr Dunn stumbled from the scene and collapsed on their doorstep.

“Once officers gained entry to Stocks’ flat they discovered the murder weapon in the bathroom and a large amount of blood in the property.

“Despite this evidence, Stocks claimed self defence.”

Stocks and Haylock are due to be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court a week today, next Thursday, December 19.