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Boy, 16, stabbed to death for daring to confront bullies who stole his bike

Daniel Jamieson, 16, was regularly kicked and punched by a group of boys who had previously stolen his brand new bike and attempted to set his hair alight. They then continued to goad him on Instagram, causing him to ‘snap’ and organise a fight with the ringleader. During the scuffle another boy armed with a seven-inch knife stabbed Daniel in the thigh, severing his femoral artery and causing him to lose a lot of blood. The teenager was rushed to Aintree University Hospital on July 3 2018, but died before his parents and siblings arrived. His mother Mandy Jamieson, 49, has now spoken of her grief at losing her only son to the bullies who made his life hell. The mum-of-three had been gardening at home in Liverpool when a neighbour frantically knocked on her door to tell her Daniel had stabbed in a fight.

She said: ‘The moment my son died is now, yesterday, tomorrow and forever. It is the past, the present and the future. It was not just one finite, horrific moment in time. ‘People may tell me he died last year or, in time, that he died five years ago. But that’s not the case and it never will be. My son dies all over again every morning that I wake up. ‘Daniel dies again every moment that he is not here with us. I miss him so much, I loved him so much.’

Ms Jamieson said the bullying first began when shortly after Daniel’s 12th birthday, with a group of boys stealing his brand new bike as he took to the street to test it out for the first time. She said: ‘When he told me what had happened I marched outside and asked around. I knew somebody would know who they were. ‘Somebody knew one of the boy’s mums and pointed out their house. I hammered on their door and demanded they cough up £300 for a replacement. ‘They needed to understand that their child couldn’t just take what wasn’t theirs from my son. I had managed to raise mine to know better, they should have done the same.

‘We managed to sort a replacement and I hoped that would teach the kids a lesson – that Daniel wouldn’t be pushed around and that actions have consequences.’ But one week later, Daniel and his twin sister Annie returned from the shops looking ‘fearful’ after the same boys attempted to set his hair on fire by using a spray can and a lighter. Ms Jamieson continued: ‘I was absolutely horrified. Daniel would have never hurt or upset anybody, and it broke my heart to see him going through such an ordeal.’

She added: ‘They continued to torment him, kicking his legs out from under him as he walked home from school. ‘In time he stopped going out altogether, and even packed in his favourite hobby, boxing. I was devastated and knew at that point it must be really impacting him. He had absolutely no confidence or self-esteem left.’ Ms Jamieson decided to send Daniel to live on the other side of Liverpool with his father, and in time she described seeing him begin to ‘thrive’ away from the bullies. The gang still gave him grief at school, but the teenager had resumed his boxing training giving ‘a focus, a distraction from the torment’

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But last July, she was stunned to receive the news Daniel had been stabbed and immediately followed her neighbour in her car to where he son lay bleeding heavily in the road. His friends were using their own clothing to try and stem the bleeding, while Ms Jamieson described seeing her son’s face ‘turn grey’. As they waited for the ambulance, she managed to ask Daniel who had stabbed him, to which he answered: ‘It was them, it was Owen’ in reference to teenager Owen cousins.

Ms Jamieson stated that in their haste to get her son to hospital she was left behind and by the time she raced there with his sister, he had already died. Cousins, 17, was arrested and in February this year pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter, claiming he had acted in self-defence as Daniel had a knife. During the trial, he had told the jury that he personally had ‘no beef’ with Daniel, and denied bullying him. But five witnesses told Liverpool Crown Court Daniel didn’t have any weapons and Cousins was found guilty of manslaughter at the end of the 10-day trial. He was sentenced to 11 years in detention and told he would serve at least half before he was considered for parole. None of the other members of the gang have been charged in relation to Daniel’s death. Ms Jamieson has since opened a club called Danny’s Place to spread the message that carrying a knife is a sign of weakness, not a sign of strength. She said: ‘I hope his story will be a warning to other young lads who even contemplate picking up a knife. ‘Carrying a knife as an accessory does not make you brave, nor does it make you a man. It tears families apart and wastes precious lives.’

Ms Jamieson stated that in their haste to get her son to hospital she was left behind and by the time she raced there with his sister, he had already died. Cousins, 17, was arrested and in February this year pleaded not guilty to murder and manslaughter, claiming he had acted in self-defence as Daniel had a knife. During the trial, he had told the jury that he personally had ‘no beef’ with Daniel, and denied bullying him. But five witnesses told Liverpool Crown Court Daniel didn’t have any weapons and Cousins was found guilty of manslaughter at the end of the 10-day trial. He was sentenced to 11 years in detention and told he would serve at least half before he was considered for parole. None of the other members of the gang have been charged in relation to Daniel’s death. Ms Jamieson has since opened a club called Danny’s Place to spread the message that carrying a knife is a sign of weakness, not a sign of strength. She said: ‘I hope his story will be a warning to other young lads who even contemplate picking up a knife. ‘Carrying a knife as an accessory does not make you brave, nor does it make you a man. It tears families apart and wastes precious lives .

https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/23/boy-16-stabbed-death-daring-confront-bullies-stole-bike-10444421/

stella Posted on August 27, 2019 09:16

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