Man who murdered dad-of-four after he refused to buy stolen perfume is jailed
A man who murdered a dad-of-four "with a heart of gold" because he refused to buy stolen perfume has been jailed.
Kyle Mark Dunbar has been sentenced to 20 years in jail at Swansea Crown Court after pleading guilty to murdering David Wynne.
The victim’s heartbreaking words after the attack around Christmas time were: “I know what is going to happen. I’m going to die”.
He was stabbed in the neck with a broken glass bottle, Wales Online reports.
The court heard how people in a Swansea taxi office had battled to stem the flow of blood following the attack.
He passed away in hospital just days later on Boxing Day, leaving his family heartbroken.
The mother of two of Mr Wynne’s children told the court in a statement how Mr Wynne’s son “did not want it to be Christmas again” and how his daughter “cries herself to sleep at night”.
At today’s hearing it was stated how 30-year-old Dunbar had stolen fragrance bottles from gift sets in Boots in The Quadrant on December 23, and had spent the evening approaching people trying to make sales, in Oxford Street, Princess Way, Caer Street and High Street.
He was “persistent and intimidating” in his approach to members of the public, the court heard.
Mr Wynne had been minding his own business and was walking along High Street on his way to get a taxi home following a Christmas work night out, stopping to get a takeaway meal en route.
Dunbar approached Mr Wynne in a similar manner, attempting to sell the items, and was refused, with Mr Wynne continually saying to, “go away and leave him alone”.
But Dunbar became aggressive, demanding, and physically violent, leading to an altercation between the men near the Volcano Theatre.
Mr Wynne, 39, then continued up High Street towards the Station Cabs taxi office.
After ordering his taxi home and stepping outside, he found Dunbar had followed him up High Street, with CCTV showing evidence that he had run in his direction.
Mr Wynne confronted Dunbar and another altercation took place between the men, during which Dunbar threw a perfume bottle at him.
Mr Wynne returned to the taxi office, whilst Dunbar retreated away and down the lane at Ebenezer Street.
But Dunbar decided that was not the end of the matter, and returned from the lane a minute and 18 seconds later with a glass bottle, which he had smashed so it was left with a jagged neck.
He then put his hood up on his jacket, walked up to Mr Wynne, who was standing outside the office, and deliberately stabbed him in the neck, before running back down the lane and away from the scene.
Efforts were made by those at the taxi office, who had called the emergency services, to stem the bleeding, using a towel and cushion against his neck.
But Mr Wynne knew he was fatally injured and said: “I know what is going to happen. I’m going to die.”
By the time the ambulance service arrived, he had lost three litres of blood and was still bleeding out, the court heard.
He was taken to Morriston Hospital, where he underwent intensive treatment throughout the remainder of that night and the next few days.
But he had suffered catastrophic brain and organ damage which was irreversible. A decision was made to turn his life support off on Boxing Day.
After the incident, witnesses reported Dunbar’s behaviour to be “agitated, anxious and self pitying”, claiming Mr Wynne had “been bullying him”.
He had visited Griffith John Street flats where he spent 45 minutes, and CCTV and witness evidence revealed how he later, using a lighter as a prop, explained to two men how he had stabbed Mr Wynne to the neck, also showing his hand which he said was covered in blood.
Much later that evening, at 4.45am, PC Richard George was on duty when he saw Dunbar standing on the pavement at Chemical Road in Morriston, under the influence of alcohol and having taken four Valium tablets.
He had a 2cm wide cut on his hand, which he claimed to the officer had been sustained by punching a window trying to gain access into his house.
Officers explained he had been captured on camera at the scene of the attack in High Street, and he said: “I can’t believe it. Christmas Eve. I should have stayed in.”
He was placed in the rear of a police car where he fell asleep.
Dunbar, from Clydach, had originally denied murder and admitted manslaughter and was due to face trial today on the murder charge, before changing his plea to guilty.
The prosecution described it as a “sick and cowardly attack.”
The court heard Dunbar had drugs in his system, which were not quantified, but contained MDMA and cocaine.
Mr Wynne’s father, Michael Wynne, said in a personal statement read to the court that his life had been “turned upside down.”
He spent Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at his son’s bedside in hospital, stating he was “praying for a miracle to happen.”
Mr Wynne said the family would “never be the same again” and were heartbroken. He said he would miss his son’s “cheeky grin” and described him as a “hard working boy with a heart of gold”.
“There are no words to describe how I feel and how this will affect me for the rest of my life, he was my pride and joy,” the statement read.
A statement was also read from Mr Wynne’s former partner and mother to two of his two children, Kayleigh Louise Reynolds.
She described him as a loving father to his two children, whom he enjoyed spending many hours playing monopoly with and taking on caravan trips.
The court heard they had been to Disneyland and were due home on December 22, but their flight had been delayed until December 23.
It was for that reason Mr Wynne had gone out that night, having originally planned to see his children instead before they were delayed.
He and his children had ‘Facetimed’ each other where they had shared how excited they were to see each other and begin their Christmas celebrations on Christmas Eve.
The statement explained how Mr Wynne’s son “did not want it to be Christmas again” and how his daughter “cries herself to sleep at night”.
The statement read: “I am the mother of two heartbroken children. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to experience.”
Dunbar’s solicitor, Christopher Quinlan said: “Nothing I say seeks to justify his actions.
“Why, as a 30-year-old man with a family background, behaving like he was that night in question. The hint is in the evidence.
“This man was born in Hampshire and moved to South Wales in his teens and his young life was with respect uneventful. He dabbled with narcotics but moved on. He got a job and family and has three young children.
“If one stopped the clocks on this man’s life in 2014 it was wholly unremarkable and be was law abiding, but it took a wrong turn and he began to take drugs.
“The path from there is well known and led to where he is today.
“Class A drugs ripped him and were why he was doing as he did in Boots that night. His family, his job went as well.
“That’s why he was taking things in Boots and that’s why he was seeking to sell the things he had taken to passers by.
“Every single day he reflects on what he did and the damage he caused.”
Giving his sentence of 20 years imprisonment, Judge Paul Thomas said: “What you did to Mr David Wynne just before Christmas was senseless and without any justification.
"Family and friends have been left bereft and his children, the youngest who is only seven, have to deal with the loss of a father and the psychological consequences that will bring.
“You, at that time, were on Class A drugs and that had an effect on the way you behaved.
“Mr Wynne was making his way to get a taxi home after his work party, and like anyone else, did not want to be pestered and told you in no uncertain terms.
“He went back to the taxi office and you should have gone on your way, but in a cowardly way you decided to escalate matters.
“You went down the lane and quickly found a glass bottle on the ground.
“You deliberately returned to him with a murderous weapon and it was a premeditated decision.”
Speaking after the case, David Wynne’s distraught family said: “Dai was a loving son, brother and father to four beautiful children.
“Dai was a very generous and thoughtful person, who had a wicked smile and an incredible sense of humour which could light up any room.
“Everybody who knew him, loved him, and our lives will never be the same without him.
“This has been an incredibly difficult process but we are glad that Kyle Dunbar has pleaded guilty to murder. This has saved us from a full trial and hearing the full horrors of that night.
“We would like to thank everybody involved, including the paramedics and members of the public who tried so valiantly to save Dai’s life. We would also like to give special thanks to South Wales Police for all their hard work in this investigation.”
Detective Sergeant Peter Collins, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, added: “As always, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Wynne, whose lives have been destroyed by Kyle Dunbar’s violent and reckless actions.
“Dai was minding his own business on his way home when he was attacked. It was a brutal and pointless attack and the nature of the attack shocked everyone involved in the case.
“I would like to pay tribute to those members of the first responders and staff at Station Cabs, who were faced with an absolutely horrific scene, but did all they could to help Dai.
“I’d also like to thank those members of the public who assisted with the investigation.
“Once again, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to the Wynne family, who have acted with great dignity throughout the investigation. I hope today’s sentencing will provide them with some comfort as they continue to grieve their loss.”
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