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Dean Ward murder: Killer 'boasted on social media'

Leary Dalton-Byrne Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Leary Dalton-Byrne stabbed Dean Ward repeatedly

A teen who murdered a "loving grandad" was snared after sharing boasts about the attack on social media.

Leary Dalton-Byrne, 18, stabbed Dean Ward with a carving knife after asking the 45-year-old - who didn't smoke - for a cigarette.

He was arrested after the recorded "confession" shared online was seen by West Midlands Police.

At Birmingham Crown Court, Dalton-Byrne was given a life sentence with a 17-year tariff.

He had denied knifing Mr Ward repeatedly in Finchley Park, Kingstanding, Birmingham, on 20 June 2018, but was found guilty at trial.

Police said the victim was with a friend when they were approached by Dalton-Byrne and another youth at about 06:30 BST.

When Mr Ward was unable to give the killer a cigarette, he was stabbed in the legs several times, police said.

Despite the recording, the force said Dalton-Byrne denied being responsible and tried to blame his friend.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Dean Ward suffered stab wounds to his leg and groin

Det Ch Insp Peter Dunn said: "Dean's family has been left devastated by the death of their loving granddad, father, son and brother.

"We hope this sentence brings some closure to his family and sends a strong message to those willing to carry knives on our streets".

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