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Moment killer lashes out with knife minutes before stabbing dad, 26, to death

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CCTV footage shows the moment a killer lashed out with a knife in the street following a nightclub row – just minutes before he stabbed a young dad to death.

Carlton Donaldson, 23, was sentenced to at least 23 years in jail after being found guilty of murdering Daniel Baird in Birmingham, on 8 July, 2017.

His friend Sashon Brown, 25, was jailed for two-and-a-half years, having been convicted of violent disorder.

Undated handout photo issued by West Midland Police of Daniel Baird who was stabbed in the chest in Digbeth in the early hours of 8 July 2017, Carlton Junior Donaldson has been found guilty of his murder. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 7, 2019. See PA story COURTS Donaldson. Photo credit should read: West Midland Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Daniel Baird was stabbed to death after the nightclub row in 2017 (Picture: PA)

Chilling CCTV footage captured the violence, which started after an exchange of words at The Forge Tavern around 4am.

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The clip shows Dale Scott, Baird’s pal, stumbling into a group, which included Donaldson and Brown, after taking a swing at a punch-bag machine.

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Brown produced a folding knife and flicked open the blade in a threatening gesture to Scott.

Brown then brandished a knife, at which point Donaldson stepped in.

Undated handout photo issued by West Midland Police of Carlton Junior Donaldson who has been found guilty of the murder of Daniel Baird. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 7, 2019. See PA story COURTS Donaldson. Photo credit should read: West Midland Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Carlton Junior Donaldson was jailed for at least 23 years today (Picture: PA)

The violence spilled onto Great Barr Street, where men were seen darting between a traffic-filled road in a dramatic chase.

The man who bumped into Brown then gets struck by a car, bouncing off the bonnet into the road.

He gets back onto his feet and is up running in the street again moments after the collision.

Donaldson lashes out with a knife, narrowly missing his target. Seconds later, Baird was fatally stabbed in the chest.

Donaldson was jailed for life today with a minimum term of 23 years. As well as murder, he was found guilty of wounding with intent, attempted wounding with intent, and violent disorder.

Sashonm Brown,25 .See SWNS story SWMDstab. A knifeman who fatally stabbed a man outside a Birmingham pub following a row over a punch-bag machine has been jailed for life - as the victim???s grieving mum pleads with young men to put down their knives.Carlton Junior Donaldson stabbed Daniel Baird in the chest in Fazeley Street, Digbeth, after a clash between two groups in the Forge Tavern pub in the early hours of 8 July 2017.Witnesses described seeing 24-year-old Donaldson - who was aged 22 at the time - lashing out wildly with a combat-style knife before fatally wounding Mr Baird. The 26-year-old, from Yardley, was driven to hospital alongside pal Dale Scott who???d also been stabbed - but minutes into the journey collapsed and was soon pronounced dead.
Sashonm Brown was jailed for two-and-a-half years (Picture: SWNS)

A member of the public gallery shouted abuse at the defendants as they were led away from the sentencing hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday.

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Baird was stabbed with a ‘substantial weapon’ close to the heart. Donaldson had previous convictions, the court was told.

He was found in possession of a kitchen knife in a street when he was 15 – and in July 2009 he faced a court for robbery and attempted robbery. He was then given an eight month detention and training order.

In 2016, Donaldson was sentenced for two counts of common assault, possession of cannabis, and later convicted of assaulting a prison custody officer.

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At the start of the hearing, the court heard emotional statements from Baird’s loved ones, including his girlfriend Gemma Morris.

Video grab of the fatal stabbing of Dan Baird, 26, at the Forge Tavern pub and outside on Fazeley Street, Digbeth, on July 8 2017 See SWNS story SWMDstab. A knifeman who fatally stabbed a man outside a Birmingham pub following a row over a punch-bag machine has been jailed for life - as the victim?s grieving mum pleads with young men to put down their knives.Carlton Junior Donaldson stabbed Daniel Baird in the chest in Fazeley Street, Digbeth, after a clash between two groups in the Forge Tavern pub in the early hours of 8 July 2017.Witnesses described seeing 24-year-old Donaldson - who was aged 22 at the time - lashing out wildly with a combat-style knife before fatally wounding Mr Baird. The 26-year-old, from Yardley, was driven to hospital alongside pal Dale Scott who?d also been stabbed - but minutes into the journey collapsed and was soon pronounced dead.
The violence spilled onto Great Barr Street (Picture: SWNS)

Morris said her life had changed forever and went on: ‘I should have been planning our wedding and not Dan’s funeral. This has changed me as a person. I will never get over losing Dan.

‘I do not know how to face my future without Dan.’

Baird’s sister, Kerry Sheehan, branded Donaldson a ‘remorseless coward’ who ‘hunted down’ the victim.

Sheehan said: ‘He would brighten up the room with his great smile. This has left us all traumatised. He was kind, caring and funny.

‘He had his whole future ahead of him. He had simply gone out for a good time.’

Video grab of the fatal stabbing of Dan Baird, 26, at the Forge Tavern pub and outside on Fazeley Street, Digbeth, on July 8 2017 See SWNS story SWMDstab. A knifeman who fatally stabbed a man outside a Birmingham pub following a row over a punch-bag machine has been jailed for life - as the victim?s grieving mum pleads with young men to put down their knives.Carlton Junior Donaldson stabbed Daniel Baird in the chest in Fazeley Street, Digbeth, after a clash between two groups in the Forge Tavern pub in the early hours of 8 July 2017.Witnesses described seeing 24-year-old Donaldson - who was aged 22 at the time - lashing out wildly with a combat-style knife before fatally wounding Mr Baird. The 26-year-old, from Yardley, was driven to hospital alongside pal Dale Scott who?d also been stabbed - but minutes into the journey collapsed and was soon pronounced dead.
The video shows the minutes leading up to Braid’s death (Picture: SWNS)

Passing sentence, Judge Paul Farrer told Donaldson he used a ‘Rambo-style’ knife with ‘murderous intent’.

The judge told him: ‘Your use of a knife represents a significant aggravating feature. You chose to take possession of a significant knife.

‘It was deployed with murderous intent in the course of a public disorder in which you played a leading role.

‘The tragic death of Mr Baird has had a profound impact on his family and friends.’

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