Posted on 20th February 2014
A man has been found guilty of the manslaughter of Daniel Baker in South Normanton in July last year.
Leon Lockhart (32) was today (Thursday, February 20) found guilty of stabbing the 32-year-old on Mansfield Road on July 19, 2013.
Mr Baker was discovered collapsed at 11.35pm by a couple who were walking along the road. He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.
Lockhart, of Carter Lane East, South Normanton had been charged with murder but was convicted of a lesser offence of manslaughter by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court following an eight-day trial.
Michaela Griffiths (24), also of Carter Lane East, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at a hearing in November.
Mr Baker, from Derby, had spent the day leading up to his death with Lockhart and Griffiths after a chance meeting on a bus on the afternoon of July 18.
The trio was seen on CCTV around Alfreton and South Normanton on numerous occasions on July 18 and 19.
Mr Baker died as a result of a single stab wound to his chest.
Detective Chief Inspector Lisa Macintyre, who led the investigation, said: “Today’s verdict demonstrates that people who carry knives and are willing to use them will face the consequences of their actions.
“This was a needless act and as a result, a little boy has lost his father.
“Daniel Baker became involved with a person he knew and should have been able to trust. It is clear the lifestyle they lived in the 30 hours they spent together played a part in his subsequent death.
“I hope Mr Baker’s family can take some comfort from knowing the man responsible for his death has been brought to justice.
“I would like to thank the public who came forward and gave statements and also those who gave evidence during the trial.
“This tragedy highlights the dangers of carrying knives and I would urge any person considering carrying a weapon to think again.”
They will be sentenced tomorrow (Friday, February 21).