A father described to a murder trial jury how he found his son collapsed in a pool of blood in the street after he had been stabbed.
Terence Hirst told Leeds Crown Court yesterday (Jan 22) he rolled his son Joshua over on the pavement near their home in Grove Street, Mirfield.
“He looked at me and he said ’I’m going to die here’ and I said ‘you’re not. Your brother loves you, I love you, your mum loves you, your girlfriend loves you. You have a business to run’ I was just trying to keep talking.” he said.
A care assistant walking home helped him to press towels on his son’s neck wounds before he was taken to hospital but he did not survive. “She was an angel,” said Mr Hirst.
On trial are Joe Church, 21 of Redlands Close, Mirfield, Aaron Smith, 19 of Saville Street, Emley and Nadeem Rashid, 21 of Lapwing View, Horbury who each deny murdering Joshua Hirst, 20 on August 3 and possessing a knife.
Mr Hirst said he went downstairs after his wife heard their son come home shouting “Dad, dad” and found him in the kitchen. It was when he slipped on blood on the floor that his son calmly told him he had been stabbed. He went upstairs to dress and told him to go out to his van intending to drive him to hospital but he did not make it that far.
The trial continues.