Barking pub murder
A FATHER and his 14-year-old son were found guilty of murdering a man in a pub two months after carrying out an almost identical attack. Harry Farrant and his dad Jason Michael, 39, knifed Daniel Leahy after starting the bar brawl. They left the knife emb
A FATHER and his 14-year-old son were found guilty of murdering a man in a pub two months after carrying out an almost identical attack.
Harry Farrant and his dad Jason Michael, 39, knifed Daniel Leahy after starting the bar brawl.
They left the knife embedded in the chest of the 45-year-old, who bled to death on the floor of The Victoria pub in Axe Street, Barking.
The pair also stabbed a second man in the head as he tried to intervene.
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At the time of the killing police were investigating the stabbing of landlady's son Lee Lumb, 29, who was knifed four times in the neck in a late night scuffle at The Captain Cook pub, opposite the Victoria.
Farrant, who was caught on CCTV stabbing Mr Lumb, had celebrated his 14th birthday less than two weeks earlier.
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He can be named for the first time after the Common Sergeant of London Judge Brian Barker QC lifted a court order that had previously banned his identity being published. Both he and Michael were convicted of murder and two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on Thursday October 29 after a two-week trial at the Old Bailey.
The teenager mouthed 'don't worry about it' to supporters in the public gallery as the jury's verdicts were announced.
The judge will sentence the pair on November 27 following the preparation of probation reports.
The court heard Michael and Farrant had moved to the Barking area from Notting Hill, west London.
On February 14 this year they were both involved in a stabbing at the Captain Cook.
A fight broke out and the teenager joined in.
Father and son both produced knives to use on a Mr Lumb and stabbed him repeatedly.
Farrant was captured on CCTV wildly swinging the knife at his victim.
The two attackers ran off before the emergency services arrived.
On April 13 they were out together again, drinking in The Victoria when a fight broke out with Mr Leahy.
"As a result of that fight Daniel Leahy was stabbed so severely by the defendants that a knife was still embedded in his chest when the defendants ran off carrying another knife," said prosecutor Michael Shorrock, QC.
David Murphy, 49, who tried to intervene and help Mr Leahy, was stabbed in the back of the head.
Witness Daniel Mitchell, who was in the pub with his son and saw the fatal attack, said: "I see him hitting Danny, Danny was crouching down. I see a red area on his head.
"I froze. The next thing I did was grab my boy and get him out of the way.
"Danny fell. As he moved he was trying to get away.
"There was a lot of noise going on, screaming. I see Dan go down."
In court Michael claimed he was set upon by Mr Leahy and his friends in revenge for the earlier fight and had armed himself for protection.
The court heard Farrant has a previous conviction for going equipped for theft from May last year for which he received a referral order.
Following a further conviction for theft from a car last December he was given an action plan order.
Michael, of Hewitts Quay, Abbey Road, Barking, and the youth, also from the Barking area, denied murder and two counts of wounding with intent.