Schoolboy murder victim Dea-John Reid ran to a group chasing him, court heard

A 14-year-old boy fatally stabbed in a ‘revenge’ attack in Birmingham accidentally ran towards a group of five people stalking him, a court has heard. Birmingham Crown Court saw CCTV footage showing Dea-John Reid being chased before a 15-year-old stabbed him in the chest with a knife.

Michael Shields, 36, of Alvis Walk, Castle Bromwich, George Khan, 39, of Newstead Road, Kingstanding, as well as a 16-year-old and two 15-year-olds, neither of whom can be named, have denied the murder.

A sixth defendant, Hollie Davies, 36, of Waldon Walk, Castle Bromwich, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting an offender.

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Richard Wormald QC, prosecuting, said on May 31 last year it appeared Dea-John and some of his friends tried to remove a bag from the 16-year-old accused at a park in Kingstanding, who s He then fled to a newsagent’s.

Later, Khan, driving a Volkswagen Golf containing the other four defendants, drove off in search of Dea-John and his group, he said.

Mr Wormald said one of the 15-year-olds was armed with a knife while the other had a tire wrench.



Dea John Reid

“The male defendants acted like a pack chasing their prey,” Mr Wormald said.

Showing CCTV footage to the jury, he continued: “They (Dea-John and his friends) are heading south and see the Golf and it looks like they’re trying to get out of the park.

“They come out of the park but actually haven’t realized the Golf has done a home run and they’re running towards where it’s parked.”

Mr Wormald said the defendants got out of the car. One of the 15-year-olds was wearing gloves and was “hooded” while others had rolled up their clothes to cover their faces, he said.

Mr Wormald said the group chased Dea-John, who got separated from his friends and crossed the central College Road carriageway.

“He is chased and then jumps through fences on the side of the road,” Mr Wormald said.

“He then starts running towards his friends.”

Mr Wormald said that at one point Dea-John was on a path near a wall with the 16-year-old and one of the 15-year-old defendants on one side of him and Khan and the other 15 years. the other.

He said a Ring doorbell captured Khan shouting something and he was seen throwing a keychain at Dea-John, which he later retrieved.

“Dea-John drives past the entrance to the park and appears to stop in the back of a vehicle,” Mr Wormald said.

He said the 15-year-old with the knife caught up with the victim.

“Dea-John has been stabbed. He looks down and you can see him moving his hand to his stomach.”

Mr Wormald earlier told the jury: ‘After carrying out the attack the group then fled in haste – none of them offered support or comfort to Dea-John Reid. just let him die.”

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