Coroner asks prosecutors to look at Rotherham murder case again

Scene of fatal stabbing in Brinsworth, Rotherham
Scene of fatal stabbing in Brinsworth, Rotherham

Prosecutors have been asked to reconsider their decision not to charge anyone over a murder.

Coroner Nicola Mundy halted an inquest into the death of 40-year-old Justin Hague, who was knifed 10 times in December 2011.

Scene of fatal stabbing in, Brinsworth Rotherham

Scene of fatal stabbing in, Brinsworth Rotherham

She wants the Crown Prosecution Service to give the case ‘further consideration’ after hearing from witnesses who said they saw the father-of-three Mr Hague being stabbed.

Bats and other weapons including an axe were used, and windows smashed, as men clashed when Mr Hague and his group stormed a house on Godric Drive, Brinsworth, Rotherham.

The inquest heard he and son Karl, 20, who was 19 at the time, were armed with a baseball bat when they and three friends – Andrew Rawcliffe, Christopher Jones and Michael Grandorge – went to the house seeking revenge after Mr Jones’ car windscreen was smashed.

Karl Hague told the hearing his dad kicked the door in and two rivals waved knives about before his dad grabbed one of the men and started punching him.

Justin Hague

Justin Hague

“Another man stabbed him in the left side three or four times, it happened right quick,” he said.

Karl said he heard shouts of ‘stab him, stab him’.

Mr Rawcliffe said: “I only saw him stabbed once and didn’t see who it was, his face was covered up. Justin came to the top of the drive and I saw he had been stabbed.

“I got told to run but I didn’t want to leave him. Another man came running up and kicked him in the face and stabbed him in the back on the ground.”

Karl, who was living with his family in Whitehill Drive, Brinsworth, at the time, was given a 12-month jail term suspended for two years for violent disorder for his part in the incident.

Jones, 23, and Rawcliffe, 19, were given nine-month jail terms suspended for two years and Grandorge, 17, was given a 12-month community order.

Police arrested three men in their 20s on suspicion of murder but no charges were ever brought.