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Sheriff Mbye: Montell Stephens convicted of murder

2015-11-09 21:39:31

Sheriff Mbye and Montell StephensVictim Sheriff Mbye (left) and Montell Stephens (right)

A teenager has been convicted of murder after he knifed a man in a street fight which could have been over an iPhone.

Montell Stephens, 18, of Wiliam Savage Way, Smethwick, repeatedly plunged a knife into Sheriff Mbye after they met to settle a dispute.

Two others, Rakeem Riley, 18, of no fixed address and Omar Robinson, 21, of Rann Close, Ladywood, were found guilty of aiding and abetting Stephens and of wounding Stephens with intent.

Judge Mark Wall QC adjourned sentence until Wednesday.

Jonas Hankin, prosecuting, told Birmingham Crown Court , there had been a dispute, possibly over an iPhone.

Omar Robinson and Rakeem RileyOmar Robinson and Rakeem Riley aided and abetted Stephens

Those involved had agreed to meet in Lockwood Road, Northfield , on April 17 this year.

He said Stephens armed himself with a big knife while 19-year-old Mr Mbye and the two other defendants had gone to a shop and bought five blades which were put into a carrier bag.

They challenged each other before Mr Mbye and Stephens traded blows “toe to toe”.

The victim quickly suffered a fatal thigh wound, the court heard.

During the fight, which was captured on CCTV, Stephens also suffered life-threatening injuries but survived after he dumped his knife and staggered into a barber’s shop.

Jonas Hankin, prosecuting, earlier told the court: “On April 17 this year, to settle an ongoing dispute, perhaps over an iPhone, perhaps not, two young men, encouraged by two others, agreed to fight one another in the street with knives.

“CCTV shows they traded blows, toe to toe, in Lockwood Road, Northfield, off the High Street.

“They did so until each had suffered life-threatening injuries.

“Mr Mbye was to die from his wounds, Stephens miraculously survived.

“It was an agreement to fight at a pre-determined location

“There is no question of self defence.

“Stephens unlawfully killed Mr Mbye by stabbing him repeatedly.

“Riley and Robinson, by their presence and their actions, encouraged Stephens and Mr Mbye to fight each other, realising they may kill each other.”

Mr Hankin said on the afternoon of the day in question Mr Mbye contacted Riley and Robinson and drove them to the High Street.

The court was told Stephens was having a haircut in a nearby barbers shop and was “prepared for trouble”, having with him a pair of latex gloves and a big knife.

Mr Hankin said Mr Mbye and the two others had gone to a shop and bought five knives.

They included four of the same type, an “Eliminator” with a five-inch blade, which were put into a carrier bag.

As they walked back down the street, one of them spotted Stephens standing outside a nail bar.

Mr Hankin said the men began to quarrel and Mr Mbye aimed a kick at Stephens.

Stephens and the group of three then challenged each other and they agreed to meet in Lockwood Road.

When Stephens and Mbye began to fight the victim very quickly received a fatal wound to the thigh, said Mr Hankin.

“Mr Mbye goes down on his knees and Stephens is still stabbing at him,” he said.

“At this point Mr Mbye manages to stab Stephens who runs away.

“It is particularly shocking to witness something like that, particularly when you know the outcome.”

Mr Mbye was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital while Stephens dumped his knife before staggering to the barbers where he collapsed.

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