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How Road rage killer knifed dad to death in front of son, 4, sat in booster seat

Alexander Layton has been found guilty of murder (Image: Cleveland Police)

Alexander Layton has been found guilty of murder (Image: Cleveland Police)

Alexander Layton knifed James Stokoe six times in the leg with a kitchen knife as the victim’s son sat in the back of the car in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough
A man has been found culpable of stabbing a dad to death in front of his four-year-old son in a savagely violent road violent uncontrollable anger and murder.
Alexander Layton stabbed James Stokoe six times with a kitchen knife as the victim’s son sat in a booster seat in the back of the car.

Exactly moments sooner than the killing Mr Stokoe had very nearly collided violently into Layton after he got off a bus in Thornaby, near Middlesbrough.

Mr Stokoe came after Layton and challenged him, with the pedestrian afterwards drawing a knife and stabbing the dad, TeessideLive reports.

The jury as well found Layton culpable of a second charge, of having an actively aggressive weapon in a public place.

The killer dressed in an open-necked shirt and light grey suit emerged stunned as the verdict was read out.

There were shouts from the public gallery of:

“Oh my god”.

Dad James Stokoe was knifed to death in front of his son ( Image: PA)

The jury reached its decision in exactly over two hours and Layton will be brought back to court 11 to be punished accordingly on Tuesday.
Layton in a peaceful way approached Mr Stokoe’s vehicle on Trenchard Avenue, in Thornaby, on May 15, 2020, equipped with a kitchen knife.

He stabbed Mr Stokoe six times in his right leg-severing his femoral artery and causing huge blood loss.

Meanwhile, Mr Stokoe’s four-year-old son was sitting in a booster seat in the back of the car.

Mr Stokoe almost crashed into Layton after he got off a bus and seemingly crossed the road without looking ( Image: The Gazette)

Layton picked up his shopping bags; put the blood-stain knife back in his backpack and strolled home to nearby Shackleton Close, in Thornaby.

Short period of time earlier, Mr Stokoe had had to brake hard to keep away from hitting Layton, who got off a bus and apparently walked across the busy road without looking.

Mr Stokoe stopped his car and got out, shouting at Layton:

“What the f*** do you think you’re doing? I almost ran you over. I’ve got a kid in the car.”

But Layton continued to walk across the road.

Mr Stokoe, angry now, drove his car across the dual carriageway to challenge Layton.

Mr Stokoe confronted Layton about carelessly crossing the
road but the
pedestrian then stabbed him ( Image: Evening Gazette)
A nurse rushed out of her home and began CPR on Mr Stokoe but he sadly died ( Image: PA)

Witnesses tell of an an exchange of diverging or opposite views lasting just seconds, before Layton leaned into the open car door and knifed Mr Stokoe to death.

Layton held onto the car with one hand for leverage.

Dash-cam footage of extremely shocked passing motorists record accurately the attack.

Inhabitants, peering out of their windows following hearing the noisy disturbance, saw the murder.

A nurse rushed out of her home and began CPR on Mr Stokoe, meanwhile a boy in a passing car dialed 999.

A crowd of people despairingly attempted to help.

Alex Layton was long gone – he was at home changing his clothes and backpack, getting set to go camping.

In a murder that move to and fro Teesside, Mr Stokoe was declared dead less than 20 minutes later.

Head of the Crown Court Unit, Chris Atkinson at the CPS said: “Alexander Layton committed a horrific fatal attack on Mr Stokoe as a result of a relatively minor verbal altercation.

“Despite the fact that Mr Stokoe had told him that he was driving his young son, Layton repeatedly stabbed him before leaving his gravely injured victim alone in his car with a 4-year old child.

“Though by-passers rushed to Mr Stokoe’s aid, he was to tragically die from his injuries a short time later.

“From his initial contact with police, Alexander Layton has insisted that he had only ever acted in self-defense to protect himself from Mr Stokoe.

“The Crown Prosecution Service has pieced together text messages, CCTV and eyewitness accounts to show not only that his use of a knife against an unarmed man was an act of murder, but that he had also been carrying the knife that day with the intent of causing someone serious harm.

“Our thoughts remain with the family of Mr Stokoe at this difficult time and we sincerely hope that the conviction of Layton today provides some measure of comfort to them.”

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