A JURY needed less than an hour to find a Barnsley man guilty of murder after he stabbed a young dad to death near the town centre.

Daniel Balazs, 21, of Heelis Street, was found guilty of murder at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was subsequently sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday and will serve a minimum of 20 years.

On August 9, at around 9pm, he stabbed 28-year-old dad-of-two Daniel Micska to death.

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

Detective Inspector Matt Bolger, who has the senior investigating officer for the 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.”