A man who has been sentenced to prison for manslaughter fatally stabbed another man in a street confrontation in Leeds. Kaiden Williams, 22, attacked 29-year-old Peter Wass in Hamilton Avenue, Chapeltown, around 2:30 pm on Thursday, March 2, earlier this year.

During the incident, Mr Wass sustained three stab wounds, including a 22-centimetre deep injury that reached his heart. Observers at the scene rushed to his aid, placing him in a car to transport him to the hospital. Subsequently, they flagged down an ambulance in Spencer Place, where a doctor and paramedics provided emergency treatment. Despite their efforts, Mr Wass was pronounced dead shortly after being taken to Leeds General Infirmary.

The West Yorkshire Police Homicide and Major Enquiry Team initiated a murder investigation. CCTV footage revealed that Mr Wass had been a passenger in a BMW travelling in convoy with another car. An altercation unfolded in the street, during which a male, identified as Kaiden Williams, produced a large knife. A baseball bat was observed next to the injured Mr. Wass.

The suspect fled the scene, later identified as Kaiden Williams. Authorities tracked him to an address in Hartlepool, where he was apprehended with the support of armed officers from Cleveland Police on March 12. Upon his return to Leeds, Williams faced charges of Mr Wass’s murder and possession of a knife.

Despite pleading not guilty to murder, claiming self-defence, Williams was found not guilty of murder by a jury at Leeds Crown Court. However, he was convicted of manslaughter. Before the trial, he pleaded guilty to possession of an offensive weapon, referring to the knife. In Sheffield Crown Court today, Williams, residing at Edgware Mount, Harehills, received a 14-year extended sentence—nine years in custody with an additional five years on extended licence upon release.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Sam Freeman said: “Although Peter Wass was killed in circumstances which appeared to show he was taking an active part in the confrontation with Williams, no one deserves to have their life taken from them in such a sudden and violent way.

“The impact that his death has had on his family, including his two children, is just as painful and heartbreaking regardless of any background to the incident, which remains unclear.

“His death very starkly illustrates the utterly tragic consequences that can occur when people carry knives and are prepared to use them.”