A TEENAGER who stabbed a 15-year-old boy in the back with a kitchen knife during a pre-arranged fight at a park has been convicted of his murder.
The 17-year-old admitted to Birmingham Crown Court that he had knifed Hassan Mahmood at Oaklands Recreational Ground on Wash Lane, Yardley in July, but claimed he did not intend to kill him.
The jury found the 17-year-old guilty of Hassan’s murder.
After the trial, police revealed the murderer had shown no remorse over his actions – and ‘sickeningly’ laughed when he was told of Hassan’s death.
The court heard witnesses describe how Hassan tried to back away when he saw his attacker was armed but the pair ended up fighting on the floor, during which Hassan was stabbed in the back.
When an onlooker intervened, the teenager ran away, leaving his jacket, cigarettes and a bus pass at the scene, which officers immediately used to identify him as a suspect.
Hassan was treated by paramedics, who arrived within minutes, but died a short time later at Heartlands Hospital.
The defendant was picked up along with a friend on a nearby street by passing police officers in the minutes that followed the stabbing, after they saw that he had injuries to his face.
He had not been identified as a suspect at the time and when he refused to tell those officers what had happened to him, they agreed to drop him off at his friend’s house.
When police became aware that he was the prime suspect for the stabbing, they returned to the property and found him cleaning himself and his clothes in the bathtub and his friend just coming out of the shower. Both were arrested straight away.
Detective Inspector Warren Hines said: “Hassan went to the park that day expecting a fist-fight with another teenager to settle their differences, but by arming himself with a knife the defendant knowingly raised the stakes and it ended in a young lad losing his life.”
“He clearly intended to cause some serious harm which is obvious from his lack of remorse and from the sickening way that he laughed and smiled when he was told of Hassan’s death.
“He seemingly relished the opportunity to brag about what he’d done after he was arrested and told officers he expected to be released without charge because they wouldn’t be able to find the murder weapon. But he was wrong.”
A 16-year-old, who was accused of assisting an offender, was cleared of the charge.
Both offenders cannot be named for legal reasons.