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Family of man stabbed to death say killer is a 'danger to society'; The 22-year-old stabbed Daniel Fox to death during a night out in St Helens in 2016, but claimed it was in self-defence. He's now behind bars for minding a gun.

Byline: Luke Traynor

The family of a man who stabbed Daniel Fox to death today branded him a "danger to society" after he was finally jailed for ANOTHER knife attack.

Leighton Holt was accused of murdering the autistic children carer, but he wascontroversially clearedafter a jury failed to reach a verdict at two separate trials.

The 22-year-old, although accepting he caused the fatal wound, claimed he had acted in self-defence at the time of thefatal incident in St Helens.

Holt, whostabbed 29-year-old Mr Foxwith a lock knife on Friday, September 2, 2016, argued he had feared being "beat to death" by him and his friends.

Now, thugHolt has been jailed for eight and a half yearsafter he was caught minding a double-barrelled, 12 gauge shotgun, and also carrying out a supermarket raid during which he sprayed bleach in a security officer's face.

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Holt, who raised his middle finger to a judge earlier this month at Liverpool Crown Court, was high on cocaine when he alsobrandished a knife at an off-licence, armed with a six to eight inch blade.

He was wearing a balaclava and had his hood up when he climbed over a till counter and started waving the blade and pointing it at Tina Percival.

Yob Holt shouted, "I don't want to hurt you", but then yelled "open the f***ing till" and grabbed [pounds sterling]42 in cash, before picking up two bottles of wine and strolling out.

Today, Mr Fox's relatives, still scarred by Holt's acquittal for murder, condemned Holt's actions and described him as "a danger to society."

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Dawn Jones, Daniel's aunt, said: "It's a good result, we've got him[Holt] behind bars.

"From a sentencing point of view, we were really had mixed feelings.

"It was emotional for us to go back into the courtrooms as that was where we had Daniel's trial.

"It was elation that he's been locked up, and behind bars and can't hurt anyone else.

"But he's got no remorse and he's got no respect for authorities, or anything..he's very disrespectful.

"When he raised his middle figure to the judge..."

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"I'm happy he's off the streets, as he's a danger to society."

Mrs Jones blasted Holt for once again carrying a knife even after the tragedy of her nephew's stabbing.

She added: "Holt always had a knife with him, he was carrying a butterfly knife on the night he killed Danny."

And responding to criticism of Merseyside Police's recent increased use of stop-and-search tactics during what has been described as a "national knife crime epidemic," the aunt said: "If that [level of] stop and search had have been brought in two years ago, he [Holt] would have been searched and Daniel would still be here today.

"He didn't learn anything from killing Daniel - he's gone out again and reoffended with a knife."

Holt walked free from court in 2017 after Mr Fox's tragic case and grinned at the cameras in an apparent show of defiance and lack of remorse.

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Earlier this month, a court heard how police searched Holt's mum's house in Custley Hey, Stockbridge Village, on October 23 last year, after he was arrested in Manchester on other matters.

Liverpool Crown Court heard they found a black holdall, containing a double barreled, 12 gauge shotgun, in undergrowth at the bottom of the garden.

The gun was not subject to a minimum five-year jail sentence, because it was "cut carefully" just above a specific length.

Holt's mum Nicola told officers she had been away for the weekend and her son must have stayed over and left the fully working weapon behind.

After that discovery, Holt was high on cocaine when he stormed into the off-licence in Wigan, and later targeted an Asda supermarket.

Just after 1am, the unmasked lout entered the store, loaded bottles of Moet and steaks in a basket, then made to leave without paying

Security guard Sam Ormrod challenged him but Holt "brought up his right hand and sprayed bleach in Mr Ormrod's face from arm's length away."

Holt threw a bottle of vodka when confronted by the shop manager, then picked up [pounds sterling]193 of items and fled, only to be caught half a mile away on a mountain bike.

He tried to hide in a garden and when arrested made threats then spat in an officer's face in a police van, before confessing to the crimes.

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High Court judge Mr Justice Neil Garnham formally discharged Leighton Holt, pictured, and ordered a verdict of not guilty

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The sawn-off shotgun Leighton Holt, 22, stashed at his mum's house in Custley Hey, Stockbridge Village

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Leighton Holt, who is pictured being hidden by friends and family, as he leaves Liverpool Crown Court
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Publication:Crosby Herald (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 17, 2019
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