Five accused of 'revenge' murder of schoolboy, 14

Published date24 February 2022
Publication titleBirmingham Mail (England)
Dea-John Reid, aged 14, was stabbed in the chest by the gang "who simply left him to die," Birmingham Crown Court was told

It happened in College Road, Kingstanding at around 7.30pm, on May 31 last year, Michael Shields, 36, of Alvis Walk, Castle Bromwich, George Khan, 39, of Newstead Road, Kingstanding, a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds, have denied the charge.

A sixth defendant, Hollie Davies, 36, of Waldon Walk, Castle Bromwich, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting an offender. None of the teenagers can be identified due to their age.

Richard Wormald QC, prosecuting, said: "This is a case in which the first five defendants are charged with the murder of Dea-John Reid on Monday May 31, 2021. Tragically Dea-John was only 14 when he was killed.

"The evidence you are about to hear shows that acting together as a group."

He alleged: "They went to look for Dea-John Reid and after finding him in a park in Kingstanding chased and caught up with him. He was then stabbed in the chest "The killing happened in broad daylight and was a revenge attack for events that happened earlier in the day involving the three younger defendants. They gathered together in a car driven by Khan."

Mr Wormald said Dea-John had been part of a group who had taken a bag from the 16-year-old defendant, causing him to seek refuge in a newsagents.

"Mr Khan should have calmed matters," he said. "Instead, he carried the plan to seek retribution forward, physically driving all five on the hunt."

Mr Wormald said one person was armed with a knife and another with a wheel brace.

"Eventually they found their...

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