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A teenager will stand trial accused of the murder of Richard Dentith.

The 16-year-old boy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – appeared at Sheffield Crown Court last week charged with murder.

Mr Dentith, a 31-year-old dad, was found unconscious in Grimesthorpe Road, Burngreave, in the early hours of April 7. He was tragically pronounced dead at the scene and a post-mortem examination found he had died as a result of a single stab wound.

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Five people were arrested in connection with his death and last week police confirmed they had charged a 16-year-old boy with murder.

Following his first appearance at Sheffield Magistates’ Court, the boy appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday, April 14, where the case was adjourned until July.

The teenager will appear for a further hearing on July 8. A trial date has been set for October 10 this year.

The 16-year-old appeared at Sheffield Crown Court
The 16-year-old appeared at Sheffield Crown Court

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said last week: “A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder following the death of Richard Dentith in Sheffield. The Sheffield teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was arrested in the city on Monday evening (11 April) and charged in the early hours of this morning (April 13).

“Richard was pronounced dead after emergency services were called to Grimesthorpe Road in Sheffield at 2.52am on Thursday, 7 April. A post-mortem examination concluded that he died of a single stab wound.

“A 49-year-old man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Thursday (7 April) remains on police bail. A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murder on Sunday (10 April) has also now been released on police bail. Two further men, aged 33 and 58, have been released pending no further action.”

Richard’s family previously paid tribute to the “caring and loving father.”

His parents said in a statement: “Ricky had three main loves in his life; his gorgeous young son, Manchester United FC and cooking delicious food. He was a caring and loving father, skilled sportsman and a talented chef. Ricky had a cheeky sense of humour and always enjoyed banter with friends and family.

“He had a very kind heart, especially when it came to children and people needing help. However, Ricky suffered from mental health problems and sadly, his life – which started out with such promise – became increasingly chaotic and anxiety-driven. He died far too young in a senseless attack and will be sorely missed.”

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