Sheffield man jailed for life after fatal stabbing

Date published: 10 January 2022 15:40
Dated: 10 January 2022 13:16:54

A Sheffield man has been jailed for life for murdering 32-year old Danny Irons in a violent attack in the Woodthorpe area earlier last April.

Ross Turton, 30, brutally stabbed Danny in the chest before fleeing the scene leaving him for dead.

Following a three-week trial at Doncaster Crown Court, Turton, formerly of Danewood Drive, was convicted and today (10 January) handed a life sentence, with a minimum term of 25 years, for murder.

The court heard how both Danny and his friend had been approached by Turton in a small local park. There, an altercation took place during which Danny was fatally stabbed by Turton, with Danny collapsing nearby a short time later.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer who led the investigation into Danny’s murder, said: “Danny had been stabbed with such force that the knife penetrated the bone of a rib, alongside several organs, causing catastrophic injuries.

“He was treated at the scene by paramedics, but sadly, despite the best efforts of the ambulance crew, Danny was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Immediately after the stabbing, Turton fled the scene before disposing of his phone, clothing and the vehicle he fled in.

Following extensive enquiries, officers arrested Turton on Wednesday 21 April. He was subsequently charged with murder, alongside Daniel Chadwick, 30, of Melville Drive. Chadwick was found not guilty of Danny’s murder at trial.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer added: “This case yet again lays bare the heartbreaking implications of knife crime. Not only has Danny very sadly lost his life as a result of this senseless act, but his family, including his mum Christine and three children, have been left distraught and will have to live with the consequences of Turton’s actions for the rest of their lives.

“My thoughts today are once again with Danny’s family. They have shown great courage and dignity throughout these proceedings. I know that no length of sentence will bring Danny back to them, but I hope they feel that, in some small way, justice has been done.”

Speaking after the sentencing Danny’s mum, Christine Irons, said: “Words cannot really say how I have felt since the day officers attended at my house to inform me that my son had been killed, but my life and the life of my family has been changed forever and will never be the same again.

“No mother should have to go and identify her son’s body. This is an awful pain that I will never forget, and the image of seeing my son laid on the table is an image that will now never leave my mind.

“Danny was a much loved son, brother, father and uncle. He was such a loving and caring person who was well liked by everyone who knew him. This shows in the hundreds of messages of support I have had since his death.

“To this day we are still in shock and saddened at the way he was taken from us.

“I would like to thank everyone in the Crown Prosecution Service, the police and my Family Liaison Officers for all of the help they have given me and my family, and I am so grateful that they have all worked so hard in order to get justice for Danny. He is missed so much."

Ross Turton

Ross Turton

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