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Four men jailed for 72 years for murder of Jarvin Blake

Four men have been jailed a total of 72 years for killing father of three Jarvin Blake.

Mr Blake, 22, from Sheffield, was attacked in the Brackley Street area of Burngreave on the afternoon of 8 March, Thursday 2018. He was stabbed in the chest and left to die in the street.

Despite urgent medical assistance from members of the public and ambulance staff at the scene, he died in hospital shortly after.

His friend, a 24-year-old man, was left with injuries to his leg following the attack, but has since made a full recovery.

Jarvin Blake Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Last month (May), three men were convicted of killing Mr Blake on the conclusion of a four-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

A fourth man pleaded guilty to murder at the start of the trial. All four have today (7 June, Friday), been back before Sheffield Crown Court where they have each been jailed for their part in his death.

Caine Gray, 27, of Treetown Crescent, Rotherham has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 19 years.

Josiah Foster, 26, of Wordsworth Crescent, Sheffield, has been handed an extended sentence of 15 years for manslaughter.

Devon Walker, 25, of Ellesmere Road North, Sheffield, has also received an extended sentence of 15 years for manslaughter. In addition, Walker was jailed for one year, to run concurrently, for the assault against Mr Blake’s friend.

Lewis Barker, 27, of North Hill Road, Sheffield, who pleaded guilty to murder, has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 23 years.

Lewis Barker, Caine Gray, Devon Walker and Josiah Foster Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Handley, the Senior Investigating Officer, led the 13-month inquiry in to Mr Blake’s death.

He said: “Today, my thoughts are first and foremost with Mr Blake’s family and I hope they feel some justice in knowing that these men will be behind bars for a very long time.

DCI Handley continued: “Through extensive CCTV, telecoms and analytical work we were able to piece together a timeline of the men’s movements and prove they were in the Brackley Street area when Mr Blake was killed.

“These four men will ultimately spend a very long time behind bars. They have not only taken the life of Mr Blake, leaving his three young children to grow up without a father, but they have also ruined their own lives and the lives of their families over what was most likely a disagreement in relation to drug supply.”