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.
Chilling CCTV footage captured the violence, which started after an exchange of words at The Forge Tavern around 4am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the start of the hearing, the court heard emotional statements from Baird’s loved ones, including his girlfriend Gemma Morris.
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.’
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.’