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The 23-year-old Rochdale businessman is stabbed to death by his 32-year-old mother


A mother of a man stabbed a businessman after confronting her family of travelers about attempting to break into his friend's van.

Kelly Gray, 32, stabbed father of two David Gavin, 23, in the chest after punching her brother with his bare fingers in a fight while talking to her relatives about the attempted theft on May 17 last year.

Another member of Gray's family came over with an ax and machete before a bare-fingered fight broke out in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

After Gray stabbed Mr. Gavin, she fled the scene and made him scream, "The b **** just stabbed me!" before collapsing on the floor.

When Gray (pictured) fled the scene, Mr. Gavin shouted, "The b **** just stabbed me!" before collapsing on the floor

Kelly Gray (right), 32, stabbed father of two, David Gavin, 23, (pictured left with wife Bridget) in the chest after an argument broke out when he met her relatives over the attempted theft in Rochdale on May 17 spoke, Manchester, last year

Then she boarded a ferry under an assumed name from Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin with nine relatives to avoid arrest.

Gray was eventually tracked down and admitted to homicide after it was revealed that she had PTSD and learning disabilities. She was imprisoned for 10 years.

Gavin, 22, pregnant wife Bridget gave birth to their second daughter Mary just three weeks after the tragedy.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Gavin ran his own terrace and driveway business and was a former student boxing champion. He has been described by relatives as a "doting father" and a "hard working young man".

Gavin, 22, pregnant wife Bridget (right) gave birth to their second daughter Mary three weeks after the tragedy

Gavin, 22, pregnant wife Bridget (right) gave birth to their second daughter Mary three weeks after the tragedy

Mr Gavin visited Gray on May 17 last year after he found out that one of her family members had used a crowbar to break into a Vauxhall Vivaro owned by a kitchen fitter who worked in his house.

The attempted break-in caused £ 25 worth of damage.

Mr Gavin heard from a neighbor that a man in a burgundy Ford Focus stopped next to the van and hit the side window with a hammer.

Then he was told the car was linked to the Gray family.

Prosecutor Nick Johnson QC said, “He heard that the car was linked to the Gray family and asked a friend if he would take him to where he thought the car was and get a photo of it.

"David wanted the Grey family to pay for the damage, but was also concerned that if they weren't confronted, they would keep coming back to steal."

Gray (pictured) then boarded a ferry from Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin with nine relatives under an assumed name to avoid arrest

Gray (pictured) then boarded a ferry from Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin with nine relatives under an assumed name to avoid arrest

The two men found the car and Gray's brother James came out of his house and called, "Damn it, why are you here?" before he asks two fellow travelers to "get hard on the nerves" of Mr. Gavin and his friend.

Mr Gavin and his friend left the scene but returned that evening with three other friends to challenge the Grays about the damage.

When the group arrived, Gray and other relatives who lived nearby were contacted by phone and told to hurry to get rid of Mr. Gavin and his friends.

A member of the traveling family showed up with an ax and machete but was evicted before James Gray challenged Mr. Gavin to a fight with his bare knuckles.

Mr Johnson said, “David took off his top and they started fighting and David defeated James Gray who had blood on the left side of his head.

Mr Gavin visited Gray (pictured) after finding out that one of her family members tried using a crowbar to break into a Vauxhall Vivaro owned by a kitchen fitter who worked in his house

Mr Gavin visited Gray (pictured) after finding out that one of her family members used a crowbar to break into a Vauxhall Vivaro owned by a kitchen fitter who worked in his house

The men kept fighting until James had enough, but Kelly then came and rushed to hand-to-hand combat with her mother. She was clearly brandishing a large kitchen knife with a black handle and a silver pointy blade.

She grabbed the handle in a vertical position so the blade was pointing down with a straight fist. She watched the fighting and said "Go on" and "Four-eyed".

Then she started waving the knife to one of Mr. Gavin's groups and slapped his head in the face before going straight to David and stabbing him straight into his chest on his left side, near his shoulder.

"She then pulled the knife back from his body while David yelled," The b **** just stabbed me. "

Paramedics rushed to the scene and found Mr. Gavin gasping for breath. He died later that evening at Royal Oldham Hospital after tests showed the knife had severed a pulmonary artery.

After the attack, Gray was driven home and packed her things before boarding a ferry from Holyhead in North Wales to Dublin with nine relatives under an assumed name.

The officers first mistakenly arrested another woman who matched the killer's description before issuing a European arrest warrant against Gray. She was tracked down at Co Offaly in Leinster on August 26th and brought back to the UK.

Mr. Gavin's mother, Elizabeth, said: “David was a kind and thoughtful son and husband, he was helpful to people and understanding.

“We will never overcome this tragedy. David was like a friend of his father Martin, they spent so much time together. His other daughter, Elizabeth, had nightmares and missed her father terribly. She asks when he'll be back. How should we answer that? & # 39;

The court heard that Gray had been diagnosed with PTSD and learning disabilities and said she had "lost control" in the moments before the knife stab.

She admitted manslaughter after accepting her guilty pledge and imprisoning her for ten years.

Judge sentencing Patrick Field QC told Gray, “Your victim was married with a young child. His second child was born after his death.

“He was a hardworking young man with a bright future to look forward to.

"His death is nothing short of a tragedy for the family he leaves behind, and their sense of devastation is palpable."

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