Stab victim’s chilling last words to shop worker help police catch his killer

A man stabbed to death helped police catch his killer with his chilling last words.

James Halewood was murdered by Michael Wilkinson, who waited for him to leave home on Thursby Closer, in Kirkby on at lunchtime on July 7, 2019.

Wilkinson stabbed Mr Halewood three times, reports the Liverpool Echo .

Bleeding heavily the 21-year-old then managed to stagger to some nearby shops to ask for help.

People called 999 and while waiting for the emergency services to arrive Mr Halewood said: "Help me, I've been stabbed by Mikey," to the woman waiting with him.

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Mr Halewood was rushed to hospital but he died from his injuries.

Wilkinson, 19, who had been friends with his victim , disposed of his clothing, his phone and attempted to disguise himself by cutting his long "ketwig" hair before going into hiding on the Kirkby area.

An eyewitness, referred to in court as Witness A, described seeing Wilkinson lying in wait before launching a vicious assault on James.

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James had been stabbed in his left armpit, inflicting a devastating 11cm deep cut that severed a major artery.

CCTV footage from a nearby shop put him close to the scene where he stabbed James but he was not arrested until five weeks later.

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Wilkinson, who has just turned 22, was found guilty of James' murder on yesterday and has been sentenced to a minimum of 20 years in prison.

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