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A pedestrian who stabbed to death a motorist in front of his four-year-old son faces life behind bars after being convicted of murder.
Alexander Layton, 34, stabbed James Stokoe inside his BMW after he slammed on the breaks to avoid running over him and then yelled angrily at him on May 15, 2020.
Alexander Layton (centre), and James Stokoe (left and right)
Layton pulled a knife from a shopping bag, opened the car door and stabbed the 40-year-old man several times in the car while his four-year-old son was in the back seat.
Layton of Shackleton Close, Thornaby, who was also charged them possession of a knife, denied the murder and claimed self-defense.
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Thornaby’s Layton denied murder and possession of an offensive weapon, unsuccessfully claiming self-defense.
Mr. Stokoe, who worked at a local car dealership, was a complete stranger.
CCTV and dash cam footage showed Layton getting off a bus, nearly being run over, and then stabbing Mr. Stokoe four times.
Mr Makepeace said: “Clearly, Mr Stokoe must have been shocked, indeed angry, at the near misses that had occurred.
“That could have been compounded by the fact that (her son) was in a booster seat in the back of the car.”
Emergency services were called and an air ambulance landed at the scene, but Mr. Stokoe died in the back of an ambulance.
His wife, a lab technician at Durham University, even called him to warn that him traffic was bad in the area due to the ongoing incident.
Layton fled the scene, dropped the carving knife, which has not been found and went camping in Great Ayton, before being arrested the following night at a pizzeria.
The jury convicted him of murder and possession of an offensive weapon after deliberating for less than three hours.
Mr Stokoe had taken his four-year-old to see his grandparents and the boy was strapped in a car seat during the horrific attack
His wife, Alex, called him to warn him about heavy traffic due to an ongoing incident, unaware that he was fighting for his life.
Revealing their distress, Stokoe’s family said in a statement that her loss is “unimaginable.”
“Nothing will bring our beloved James back and we will have to live with the consequences of what happened for the rest of our lives.
“He was a beloved husband, father, son and son-in-law and we all miss him deeply.
“James was appreciated by so many people with his wonderful, kind and gentle nature and the loss of him to all of us is unimaginable.”
Layton will be sentenced Thursday.
Judge Howard Crowson warned him: “In a case of this kind of seriousness, we need time to reflect.
“The sentence for murder is life imprisonment.”
Speaking out of court, Temporary Detective Superintendent Helen Barker paid tribute to Mr. Stokoe’s family.
“This was a shocking incident that occurred in the presence of James’ young son, which will undoubtedly have had a great effect on him.
Outside of court, Temporary Detective Superintendent Helen Barker said:
Outside of court, Temporary Detective Superintendent Helen Barker said: ‘This was a shocking incident that occurred in the presence of James’ young son, which will undoubtedly have had a great effect on him.
“James’s death has had a traumatic impact on his entire family and my thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”
She paid tribute to Mr. Stokoe’s family and thanked the many witnesses who came forward to assist in the police investigation.
Quicks and Facts
- Alexander Layton, 34, stabbed James Stokoe, 40, to death in front of his son, 4
- Layton crossed a busy road, leading Mr Stokoe to brake sharply and shout at him
- In response, Layton walked over to Mr Stokoe’s car and stabbed him repeatedly
- The jury convicted Layton of murder and possessing an offensive weapon after deliberating for less than three hours and he will be sentenced Tuesday