Dartford man found guilty of murder of Danny Pearce
PUBLISHED: 15:40 08 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 08 June 2018
A Dartford man who repeatedly stabbed a young father to death for his wristwatch has today been found guilty of murder.
Jordan Bailey-Mascoll, 25, of The Brent in Dartford, was found guilty of murdering 31-year-old Danny Pearce following a three week trial at the Old Bailey.
On the night of July 15 2017, Danny, 31, had been walking with his girlfriend and two friends to a parked car in King William Walk, Greenwich, after leaving a jazz club in Nevada Street when he was confronted by Bailey-Mascoll and another man.
The pair demanded Danny’s Rolex watch and when he refused they chased, stabbed and shot at him, as his terrified friends and partner witnessed.
Danny, who has a five-year-old daughter, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly afterwards despite efforts of paramedics and police to save him.
Footage shown in court showed Bailey-Mascoll and his accomplice picking out their target.
The pillion passenger is seen raising his arm to point back at Danny, clearly alerting his accomplice that they had found a potential victim to prey upon.
After refusing to surrender his Rolex, Bailey-Mascoll produced a large knife and began chasing Danny, whilst the second man shot in his direction as he ran for his life.
A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as multiple stabbings, but police also found gunshot grazing and evidence of at least four shots fired in Danny’s direction as he attempted to flee.
Following a painstaking investigation by the Homicide and Major Crime Command, Bailey-Mascoll was arrested on Thursday, November 30 and charged on December 1.
Investigating officer DI Jo Sidaway said: “The level of violence used against Danny was truly horrendous and the length of time over which they carried out the attack - up to two minutes - marks it out as the most sustained random stabbing attack I’ve seen in my 26 years in the police service.
“Danny had sought help at a nearby address, but he was cornered and shown no pity.
“Danny was repeatedly stabbed as he lay collapsed on the steps of a stranger’s house.
“It was only when his girlfriend shouted out that she’d give them Danny’s watch, that they stopped their remorseless attack.
“Without a hint of compassion they grabbed the Rolex and fled the scene.
“The family who lived at the address opened the door to a dying young man - the trauma of that night cannot be imagined.
“Some witnesses who ran from the scene thought it was a terrorist attack, due to its ferocity.
“It is sickening that such prolonged, lethal violence against a defenceless man, with a family, was done only for a wristwatch.
“Although one man has been convicted, we are still keen to trace the stolen watch. The model was a Silver Rolex Date just 2 2017, worth around £5,000.
“Do you work in a shop perhaps and remember seeing such an item offered for sale? Or maybe you bought such a watch in good faith from an internet dealer?
“It is an important part of this investigation, which remains ongoing.”
A 21-year-old man who was also arrested in connection with Danny’s murder remains released under investigation.
Danny’s mother Jan Pearce, 63, released the following statement: “Danny was randomly murdered in Greenwich.
“He left behind a family who loved him unconditionally, including two sisters and a brother.
“But it is not only us as adults suffering - Danny’s nieces and nephews are grieving and it hurts them in different ways.
“How do you answer a child when they ask where uncle Danny is?
“We need to get these murderers off the street - who knows who will be next and then another family will go through the same devastation as us.
“I don’t want another mum to go through this agony. I need to know those responsible will be locked up for a very long time.”
Bailey-Mascoll also pleaded guilty to a robbery that occurred on July 13 2017.