Leon Lockhart jailed for 13 years for Daniel Baker street stab death

  • 21 February 2014
  • From the section Derby
Leon Lockhart
Image caption Leon Lockhart had spent the day with Daniel Baker, according to police

A man who killed a "loveable rogue" dad-of-one after meeting him on a bus has been jailed for 13 years.

Daniel Baker, 32, from Derby, was found stabbed in Mansfield Road, South Normanton last July.

Leon Lockhart, 32, from South Normanton, was convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.

Michaela Griffiths, 24, also from South Normanton, admitted perverting the course of justice and was given a 12-month supervision order.

The court was told the trio spent the day leading up to Mr Baker's death together after a chance meeting on a bus.

Image caption Daniel Baker was found by a couple walking in South Normanton

He was found collapsed in the street by a couple who tried to resuscitate him but he died in hospital.

Sentencing Lockhart, a judge at Nottingham Crown Court said the fact that he fled the scene of the stabbing, took the knife and showed no remorse were all aggravating features.

Det Ch Insp Lisa Macintyre, who led the investigation, said: "Today's sentence reflects the gravity of the offence and that people who carry knives, and use them, will face the consequences of their actions.

"I hope Mr Baker's family can now try to move on with their lives after a difficult seven months."

Previously Mr Baker's family said: "We realise that Danny was no angel, in fact he is now known as our loveable rogue.

"We realise he spent a lot of time in prison, fighting and taking drugs but we also know he didn't deserve to die."

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