My son was killed like an animal

Gail Weedy
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A HEARTBROKEN Blackpool mother today described the brutal murder of her beloved son as like a “matador slaughtering a bull”.

Andreas Fantousi was stabbed twice in the neck during a fight with a gang which erupted following a row over a cigarette.

The 30-year-old father-of-two’s killers – 19-year-old Sheree Smith and boyfriend Michael Gordon, 22 – now face lengthy jail terms after the murder outside Mr Fantousi’s new home in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent

The former St George’s High School pupil’s mother, Gail Weedy, had to re-live the terrifying night her son was killed during a three-and-a-half week trial, which ended with Smith being convicted of murder and Gordon manslaughter.

Mrs Weedy, who with husband Len is now caring for her son’s two-year-old and four-year-old boys, said: “He was stabbed with such force the knife went in right up to the handle.

“It was terrible. It was no different to a matador slaughtering a bull.

“There is not a day that goes past that I don’t think about Andreas.

“He idolised his boys, they were his life. He used to tell them he loved them to the moon and back.

“Our beautiful family are now focusing on Andreas’ little boys to look after their future as they didn’t deserve to lose their beautiful daddy.”

Mr Fantousi worked in Blackpool as a window cleaner before he moved to the Midlands in February last year to live with his girlfriend.

Stafford Crown Court heard how the couple were walking back from their local pub when an argument broke out around 10pm on November 22.

Mr Fantousi’s girlfriend was approached by Sophie Manning, 19, accompanied by Smith, who asked for a cigarette.

Insults were exchanged between them and the two women started to fight before they were pulled apart by Mr Fantousi and Smith.

But, angered by what happened to his girlfriend, Mr Fantousi decided to go to the home of Manning and Smith’s boyfriends, who lived opposite him in Bond Street, and confront them.

A fight broke out between the three men.

Mr Fantousi was punched to the ground and kicked “like a football” as he curled up on the floor.

Neighbours claimed to have heard a woman say: “It’s sorted, I’ve stabbed him with a bottle.”

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