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Barnsley man found guilty of murder after stabbing dad to death in street

Date published: 12 February 2024 16:53
Dated: 12 February 2024 16:52:09

A Barnsley man who stabbed a dad to death in a street has been found guilty of murder.

A jury needed just 50 minutes of deliberations before finding 21-year-old Daniel Balazs guilty of the murder of 28-year-old dad-of-two Daniel Micska.

Balazs stabbed Daniel in the chest in Newton Street around 9pm on 9 August 2023.

He then fled the scene and travelled to London before handing himself in to a police officer in the capital.

Detective Inspector Matt Bolger, who was the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) for this murder investigation, said: "This was a horrific attack in a residential street that has ended the life of a 28-year-old man.

"Balazs killed Daniel in cold blood before fleeing hundreds of miles away to try and evade justice.

"In a further insult to the victim's family, he then pleaded not guilty forcing them all to relive the horror of Daniel's murder in court.

"I can't imagine the pain his loved ones have endured as they try to come to terms with losing Daniel and I hope this guilty verdict and the prevailing of justice gives his family and friends some comfort in these difficult times."

Balazs, of Heelis Street, was found guilty of murder earlier today (12 February) after a six-day trial at Sheffield Crown Court. He had already pleaded guilty to possession of a bladed article.

Balazs will be sentenced tomorrow (13 February) at the same court.

Pictured is Daniel Balazs. He is a man of Eastern European heritage with brown hair, facial hair and a grey top. He is standing in front of a white background for a custody picture.