26 Apr 19
The Scottish Sun
AN RAF veteran was stabbed to death by a gang after allegedly refusing to hand over the keys to his new van last weekend.
Simon Jones, 57, was attacked as he sat in the passenger seat of his parked VW in Derby on Saturday.
Simon Jones bled to death after being stabbed by a gang in Derby last weekend
He had just spent the day out in York with his fiancee when he was attacked by knife-wielding thugs, The Mirror reports.
While bleeding to death, bailiff Simon managed to stagger to a nearby house to ask for help.
There a stunned family called 999 and police rushed to the scene – but Simon died shortly after.
It comes amid lawless Britain’s soaring knife crime epidemic – and the highest murder rate in a decade as two people are killed on our streets daily.
DAY OUT WITH FIANCEE
Just hours before Simon’s death, the dad-of-three was out with friends and his partner Sarah Haugh, 38.
Sarah and his pals were picked up from the station in Simon’s new van by his friend Carl Calledine.
Carl and Simon later went out in Derby – where the brutal attack took place.
Actress Sarah, from Belper, Derbs, said of tragic Simon: “He was the love of my life.
“I thought we were going to grow old together.”
[quote credit=”Sarah Haugh” credit-meta=”Fiancee”]By the time I got to hospital it was too late. I found out he got stabbed in the leg and it hit a main artery.[/quote]
She told how Simon helped raise her 13-year-old daughter and that the couple were saving to get married and buy a home together.
Distraught Sarah added: “By the time I got to hospital it was too late.
“I found out he got stabbed in the leg and it hit a main artery.”
Yesterday, 19-year-old Jacob Ali appeared at Derby Magistrates Court charged with murder along with “persons unknown” of Simon.
He was also charged with the robbery of keys and a mobile phone.
Zack Stevens, 26, and Thai Johnson, 19, of Chaddesden, Derbys, were charged with assisting an offender.
[quote credit=”Joe Egan” credit-meta=”Friend “]Society is savage. He was a brilliant man and a great friend of mine[/quote]
Boxing fan Simon, who was pictured with Frank Bruno and Tyson Fury on social media, was friends with boxer-turned-actor Joe Egan.
A tearful Joe told how he raced to be by his dying pal’s side in hospital – but sadly got there too late.
In tears, he said: “Society is savage. He was a brilliant man and a great friend of mine.
“His daughter is expecting his fourth grandchild. It’s just horrific.”
Another friend, Rocky Troiani, 48, said: “He didn’t stand a chance. This [knife crime] is madness and it needs to stop.”
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Cops recorded 732 homicides – meaning murder and manslaughter – in 2018.
More than 100 of them took place in London, and the crisis has spilled over into 2019 too.
The number hasn’t been this high since murders totalled 661 in the year up to March 2008.
Simon, 57, allegedly refused to hand over the keys to his new van
The RAF veteran died on Saturday after a day out with his fiancee
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