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Now I just want to hold my son again; FINALLY CLEARED OF KNIFE CRIME, DAD SPEAKS OUT.


KNIFE victim Sam Madgin's ex today told of his horror at being wrongly accused of stabbing someone.

Stephen McKenzie, the father of Samantha's child Callum was cleared by a jury over claims he knifed a man.

After walking free from court Mr McKenzie told how being accused of using a knife himself after what happened to Samantha was his "worst nightmare".

The 28-year-old revealed he has been unable to see two-year-old Callum for nine months while the allegation of wounding with intent hung over him.

Now his first priority is to become a good dad to the toddler, who is being looked after by Samantha's mum.

Mr McKenzie said: "This has been my worst nightmare after what happened to Sam.

"Since I was falsely accused of this I've never been able to see Callum so I'm really looking forward to seeing him.

"It's been nine months of hell but I just want to put it behind me.

"I would have nothing to do with knives, no way, more so after what happened with Sam." During his trial at Newcastle Crown Court it was alleged he had stabbed a man in the neck at a flat in Holly Avenue, Wallsend, in September.

But a jury took less than an hour to acquit him of the charge.

Samantha, 18, was stabbed 10 times by 15- year-old Jordan Jobson after she tried to act as a peacemaker in a street dispute.

It was her first night out after having Callum, who is now being brought up by her mum, Alison, of Wallsend.

Now Mr McKenzie says his next battle will be to get access to his son.

He said: "I just want to get back to a normal life.

"I've never seen Callum for nine months but I'm his dad and I will be trying to get to see him again as soon as I can.

"I've been proven innocent now so I just want to move on." Jobson, of Hollywell Avenue, Walker, Newcastle, who is now 16, was convicted of the 18-yearold's murder and was told she would have to serve at least 15 years before being considered for parole although this was later reduced to 12 years.

Samantha, of High View, Wallsend, was enjoying her first night out with friends since the birth of her son when she fatally crossed paths with Jobson in 2007.

The new mum bled to death after she was stabbed in the chest, arms and face during a confrontation in the back lane between Victoria Avenue and Albert Avenue, Wallsend, just before midnight, on August 2.

Samantha had been trying to act as a peacemaker when her friends got into an argument with friends of her killer.

But high on cocaine and drunk on vodka, Jobson armed herself with a serrated kitchen knife and stabbed her 10 times as she tried to walk away.

Samantha, whose son Callum had been born just 10 weeks earlier, was left with more than 30 injuries, including slashes to her arms and hands..


HAPPY TIMES: Stephen McKenzie and right, with his girlfriend Samantha Madgin, who was stabbed to death two years ago
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 27, 2009
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