The boy who stabbed a South Yorkshire father-of-two to death can today be named after a judge locked him up for 10 years.
Jordan Shaw, of Orchard Lane, Moorends, is 16 now but was only 15 when he killed Joseph Smith in a street fight last March.
Joey Smith, aged 18, had a young daughter and his partner, Hayley Webster, was expecting another baby when he was taken from his family, who live in Darlington Grove.
Shaw was found not guilty of murder at his Sheffield Crown Court trial last month but was convicted of manslaughter
Yesterday the Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Alan Goldsack, QC, sentenced him to 10 years’ youth custody.
Joey was stabbed on Wednesday, March 23, on the corner of Locarno Road and Barnsley Road, in Moorends, and died later that night in Doncaster Royal Infirmary.
Shaw’s trial was told he hid a knife in his lunchbox when he went to school that day because he claimed Joey was ‘picking on him’.
He insisted he wielded a knife only to scare him and stabbed him accidentally when he lunged at him during the scrap.
The post mortem examination revealed the cause of death was a single stab wound to Joey’s chest which resulted in a rapid death.
After the sentencing, Det Chief Insp Matt Fenwick, of Doncaster CID, said: “This case has greatly affected the community of Moorends, where both Joseph Smith and Jordan Shaw are from.
“The two young men were out in Moorends with their friends on the evening when Joseph was attacked.
“Jordan was arrested shortly after the assault and taken into police custody.”
Parents Betsy and Charles Smith said: “The day we lost Joey was the saddest day of our lives. Six months later, you can almost touch the grief in the family home.
“We lost a wonderful son, brother, partner and father who had the rest of his life ahead of him and two beautiful children to watch grow up.
“No-one will ever know what went through one boy’s mind as he took the life of another but whatever happens it will never bring Joey back and we have to live with this grief for the rest of our lives.”
The judge lifted reporting restrictions which had previously prevented the media from publishing Shaw’s name and address.