Teenager murdered a grandad then boasted to friend: ‘I have just done an M bro’

A teenager murdered a grandad then boasted to his friend: ‘I have just done an M bro’.

Leary Dalton-Byrne, 18, repeatedly stabbed Dean Ward with a carving knife in a park in Kingstanding, Birmingham.

He started to stab him after Dean told him he didn’t have a cigarette for him.

The victim died a week after the senseless attack, leaving his family devastated, Birmingham Live reports.

Dalton-Byrne had denied but was convicted of murder and possessing a knife following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Judge Paul Farrer QC adjourned sentence until February 1 next year so that he could obtain more information about his background.

Mr Ward, 45, had met a friend at Costcutters in College Road, Kingstanding, at 6.30am on June 20 this year.

They had then gone into Finchley Park and saw the defendant approaching them on the path with another youth.

Dalton-Byrne asked Mr Ward for a cigarette and when he said he did not have one, the teenager started to stab him to his arms and legs.

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

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 the blood of his victim.

The defendant 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 and then sent the footage to others and it was also circulated on social media.

Dalton-Byrne had claimed that it was the person he was with who had carried out the attack.

Following the verdict Michelle Heeley QC, prosecuting, said there were victim impact statements indicating what a “devastating” effect this had had on the victim’s family.

“He (Dalton-Byrne) was clearly walking around with a large carving knife which appears normal for him.”

Timothy Raggatt QC, defending, 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.”

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

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