On May 15 this year, James Stocco, 40, was stabbed and killed in Thornaby-on-Tees in north-east England.
The murder occurred shortly after Stokoe had to brake hard to avoid hitting a 34-year-old who was in the middle of the road.
According to Sky News, the 34-year-old threw himself into Stokoe’s BMW, repeatedly stabbing him.
Stokoe died minutes later from the blood loss.
In the back of the car, Stokoe’s little son was strapped into a car seat and watched the whole thing in horror.
I walked from the scene of the accident
After the stabbing, the offender quietly walked from the scene and threw the knife away on the road.
The knife was not found.
The incident was captured by several surveillance cameras. That same evening, the 34-year-old was arrested in a pizzeria.
On Monday, the 34-year-old was convicted of the murder at Teesside Crown Court, and faces life in prison.
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squeezing the brakes
In court, surveillance videos were shown, according to the BBC, the perpetrator can be seen getting off the bus.
Then he went out to the road, where Stokoe came driving. Stokoe braked hard to avoid driving on the 34-year-old.
After the near collision, Stoke ran to his side, screaming at the 34-year-old as he walked halfway.
He then attacked the 34-year-old, pulling out a knife he was carrying in his bag.
The 34-year-old repeatedly stabbed Stokoe, before running and shocking witnesses who called emergency services.
Stokoe’s death was announced shortly thereafter.
Shocked and angry
Stkoe was clearly shocked and angered by the collision that almost occurred. Prosecutor Peter Makepeace said in court on Monday that this may have been reinforced by the fact that his son was sitting in the car seat in the back of the car.
In court, it was also revealed that at the same time as the young boy’s father was being stabbed, the wife tried to call him to warn of big queues.
Five-year-old fights for life
Nothing will bring us back our beloved James, and we will have to live with the consequences of what happened for the rest of our lives, Stokoe survivors write in a press release, continuing:
– He was a lovable man, father, son and son-in-law, and we all miss him dearly.
Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.
In a case like this, we need time to think. Judge Howard Crownson warned in court that the penalty for murder was life imprisonment.
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