Teen who murdered a granddad for a cigarette then boasted ‘I’ve done an M’ to pals jailed for 17 years

A TEENAGE thug who stabbed a granddad to death in park before boasting to a pal that he had “done an M” has been jailed for 17 years.

Leary Dalton-Byrne, 18, repeatedly knifed Dean Ward, 45, with a carving knife in Finchley Park, in Birmingham, on June 20.

Leary Dalton-Byrne, 18, has been sentenced to a minimum of 17 years for killing a granddad
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Dalton-Byrne had asked Mr Ward for a fag and when he said he didn’t have one, the teen started to stab him in the arms and legs
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Dalton-Byrne had asked Mr Ward for a fag and when he said he didn’t have one, the teen started to stab him in the arms and legs.

The victim fell to the floor and the teenager continued the attack before he was dragged away by his pal.

Mr Ward’s friend stopped a passing cyclist who called an ambulance but he died a week later from “catastrophic” blood loss.

Just a couple of hours later Dalton-Byrne went to a friend’s house still covered in Mr Ward’s blood.

‘DONE AN M’

He boasted: “I have just done an M bro” and gave details of stabbing Mr Ward in the leg and shoulder.

The shocked friend recorded him making the confession on his phone which he posted on social media.

Detectives were alerted to the posts and Dalton-Byrne was arrested.

Dalton-Byrne had protested his innocence but was convicted of murder and possessing a knife following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court in December.

FAMILY FEUD

Following the verdict there were clashes between the families of the victim and the defendant and Timothy Raggatt QC, defending, said it might help for time to pass “for temperatures to cool.”

Mr Raggatt said: “He is someone with difficulties and has a damaged personality in many ways.

“To be quite blunt whether he comprehends the enormity of what he has done is not exactly clear.”

Dalton-Byrne returned to the court today for sentencing, with Mr Ward’s family in the public gallery.

The hardest thing to accept is that I will never see him again. He will never walk through the door

Donna WardDean's wife

Mr Ward’s mother described him as a “a good person and someone who would help anyone”.

And his wife Donna said: “The hardest thing to accept is that I will never see him again. He will never walk through the door.”

Dalton-Byrne was given a minimum sentence of 17 years before he will be considered for parole.

Judge Paul Farrer QC gave £200 from public funds to a young witness and praised her.

The reality is you are someone who commonly carries a knife

Judge Paul Farrer QC

The judge told the killer: “At about 6.30am on June 20 you were in Finchley Park.

“You were in the possession of a large kitchen knife.

“The reality is you are someone who commonly carries a knife.

“You encountered Dean Ward who was walking with his friend.

“You asked Mr Ward for a cigarette.

“Mr Ward told you he did not have a cigarette.

“His response did not amount to provocation. You reacted by stabbing him.

“Mr Ward fell to the floor and even then you continued with your attack.

“There were in excess of ten separate blows.

“By any measure this was a brutal sustained attack.

“He was treated in hospital but never recovered from his injuries.

“After the stabbing you showed no remorse whatsoever.

“Instead you made your way to the home of a friend. You boasted you had done an M.”

Earlier Mr Raggatt told the court: “His record and carrying a knife were substantial aggravating features. It was a complete stranger in a public place.”

Mr Raggatt said his client had a low level of intellectual function and a “damaged personality.”

Adding: “He is one of society’s casualties in that sense.”

Leary Dalton-Byrne has been convicted of the callous killing of granddad Dean Ward in a park
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Mr Ward’s friend stopped a passing cyclist who called an ambulance but he died a week later from ‘catastrophic’ blood loss
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