THE grieving mother of a Blackpool murder victim is warning people against getting involved in street brawls.
Gail Weedy’s son Andreas Fantousi was brutally stabbed to death outside his home following an argument over a cigarette.
The dad-of-two, who was brought up in Marton, had confronted a group of people on his street after they bad-mouthed his girlfriend.
But his decision to stick up for his partner ultimately cost him his life when he was stabbed twice in the neck.
Mrs Weedy, 52, of Meanwood Avenue, Marton, said: “If he had stayed in his house it would have been ok but he went outside because someone had bad mouthed his girlfriend.
“No matter how big you are, no matter how old you are, just shut your door. I think it’s the right thing to do now.”
Sheree Smith, 19, and her boyfriend Michael Gordon, 22, were last week convicted of the killing of Mr Fantousi outside his home in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent.
Mr Fantousi, a former St George’s High School pupil, was kicked “like a football” after a fight broke out on November 22 last year.
It is claimed Smith approached Mr Fantousi with a kitchen knife and a broken bottle and swung at his neck twice.
Smith was convicted of murder while Gordon was found guilty of manslaughter. They were also convicted of violent disorder along with 19-year-old Sophie Manning and 23-year-old Ricky Gregory.
Gregory will face a re-trial on a murder charge next year.
Mrs Weedy, who now cares for her son’s two-year-old and four-year-old boys, says people never know who may be armed with lethal weapons and shouldn’t take the risk.
She added: “There are a lot of ifs and buts. It’s been terrible, just awful.
“I don’t know how we have got through it.”
Smith and Gordon were remanded in custody to be sentenced on September 5 at the same court.