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Man found guilty of killing Ricky Collins in Killamarsh

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A man has been found guilty of killing Ricky Collins in Killamarsh, and three other people guilty of assisting an offender.

Bradley Ward has today (Wednesday 15 December) been found guilty of murder following a three-week trial at Derby Crown Court.

Officers were called to Westthorpe Road in the late evening of Monday 29 March following reports that a man had been assaulted.

Ricky Collins, from Sheffield, had suffered two serious stab wounds to his body and arm. He staggered down the road and collapsed.

The 31-year-old was taken to hospital but died just after midnight on Tuesday 30 March. One of the wounds had cut through an artery.

During the trial it was heard how Bradley Ward had pulled up in a car alongside Ricky Collin’s van, and he got out and stabbed him.

The 24-year-old, of Sheffield, pleaded not guilty to murder.

Martin Mongan (45) of Pontefract in West Yorkshire, and Ward’s parents David Ward (44) and Kelly Ward (43) who are also from Sheffield, all pleaded guilty to assisting an offender.

Detective Chief Inspector Sally Blaiklok, who led the investigation into Ricky’s death, said: “I would like to pass my sincere condolences to the family of Ricky; they have acted with dignity throughout a terrible period in their lives and throughout this trial. I hope that today’s result at court will bring some semblance of closure for them with regards to criminal justice. We understand this may be the first steps in them now being able to grieve as a family.

“I wish to thank our team of officers and the Crown Prosecution Service who together have delivered a first class response to the murder of Ricky Collins, and enabled the conviction of Bradley Ward and the others who helped him to try to evade justice.”

Sentencing is due to take place in January.

Written by: NDR NEWS

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