Jarvin Blake killers get 72 years

Men charged with Jarvin Blake

Story by Richard Belbin

Four men have been found guilty of the murder last March of Jarvin Blake. They received sentences totalling 72 years for the killing of the father of three.

Jarvin was with a friend when he was attacked on Blakely Street. He was stabbed in the chest, and his friend was injured in the leg by the attackers.

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.

Caine Gray, from Rotherham, has been jailed for life, and must serve a minimum of 19 years before he can apply for parole.

Josiah Foster, from Parson Cross, was given an extended sentence of 15 years for manslaughter.

Lewis Barker, of Southey Green, pleaded guilty to murder in April and has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 23 years.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said the murder was “a planned and premeditated attack… wholly down to a drug gang turf war”.

In a personal statement after the trial, Jarvin’s partner, Kelsey Dixon, said:

“He was my world, he was a joker, his laugh was infectious. He cared about the people he loved and would help anyone. Family and children were everything to him.”

The trial concluded as South Yorkshire Police announced the four areas of Sheffield where most violent crime occurs – Burngreave, Fir Vale, Firth Park and Parson Cross. Extra police are regularly out on weekends in these areas targeting violent crime. South Yorkshire Police said:

“The officers concentrated their efforts in this area as these are the areas where our statistics show the most violent crime occurs, be that assaults, robberies or possession of weapon offences.”