A TEENAGER who viscously stabbed a man to death with a stolen screwdriver has been jailed for life at Newcastle Crown Court, England.
Ewan Ireland was just 17 when he attacked 52-year-old Peter Duncan at the entrance to Newcastle’s Eldon Square shopping centre in August of this year.
The two had merely brushed past each other when the agitated youth pulled out a screwdriver he had just shoplifted and stabbed the devoted father in the heart, fatally wounding him.
Mr Duncan, who was an in-house lawyer for an international firm and described by his family, colleagues and friends to be extremely popular, managed to walk on a few yards before he collapsed on the street in a pool of his own blood.
After the killing, which caused outrage on Tyneside, Northumbria Police said the attack was unprovoked and described it as a chance encounter. The day after the murder, Mr Duncan’s family released a statement which said:
“Peter was a kind and caring man who was always first to help others.
“He was a devoted father, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend and loved by all who knew him. His death will leave such a huge hole in our lives and he’ll be deeply missed by us all.
“Words can’t quite describe what life will be like without him.
“He had so much of his life left to live and he’ll be in our hearts and thoughts every day.”
Ireland admitted murder at a previous hearing and the media was able to publish his identity once he turned 18. After he pleaded guilty, it emerged that Ireland was a serial youth offender who continued to commit violent crimes despite being on bail.
Ireland was jailed for life today (December 17), where he has been ordered by the judge to serve a minimum of 15 years.