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Man and son guilty of pub murder

A father and his 14-year-old son face life sentences after being convicted of stabbing a man to death in a pub.

Jason Michael, 39, and his son Harry Farrant were convicted at the Old Bailey of murdering Daniel Leahy, 45.

Mr Leahy was stabbed on 13 April this year, in the Victoria pub on Axe Street, Barking, east London.

The pair, of Abbey Road, Barking, were also convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to David Murphy and Lee Lumb.

Stab wounds

Michael and Farrant, who had denied murder charges, caused havoc in two local pubs, the Victoria and at the Captain Cook, the Old Bailey was told.

They were both armed with knives and were ready to use them, said Michael Shorrock QC, prosecuting.

Mr Leahy, who died at the scene within minutes of the attack, was stabbed through the heart.

He was also stabbed three times in the back with what could have been a second knife, the jury was told.

Pure and simply, the knives were carried for violence
Michael Shorrock QC

In a separate incident, on 14 February, Michael and Farrant were in the Captain Cook when the licensee's son Lee Lumb was attacked.

"Both defendants produced and used knives. Lee Lumb received four stab wounds to the neck and shoulder area," said Mr Shorrock.

An argument broke out on Easter Monday evening in April between Michael and Mr Leahy and the boy joined in, the Old Bailey heard.

Mr Leahy was stabbed through the heart with such force that the knife, embedded eight inches up to the hilt, was still in his body when ambulance services arrived.

He was stabbed three times in the back with what was believed to be a bayonet and died within minutes.

Mr Murphy, 49, was stabbed when he tried to help.

'Don't worry'

"On both occasions, these defendants went out armed with knives and on both occasions either provoked or started a fight during the course of which they used their knives," Mr Shorrock said.

"Pure and simply, the knives were carried for violence."

It was Farrant who inflicted the main wounds, the court heard.

The boy, who had an order banning his identification lifted, mouthed "don't worry" to a woman, believed to be his mother, who was weeping in the public gallery when he was convicted.

The pair were remanded in custody for reports before sentencing on 27 November.

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