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Ben Morutare death: Three men convicted of violent disorder

Ben Morutare
Image caption Ben Morutare died after being stabbed in the leg last year

A group of men have been convicted of crimes they committed on a night that ended in the death of a teenager.

Ben Morutare, 16, from Walsall, died after being stabbed in the leg outside Smethwick's Home Guard and Old Comrades Club in July last year.

He had been at a party organised via social media, police said.

An 18-year-old admitted manslaughter and violent disorder last month, and two men admitted violent disorder. Three others have now been convicted.

They are: Tahj Mills, 19; Jordan Campbell, 18; and Tobias Blake, 20, who were all found guilty of violent disorder following a 10-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

Blake was also convicted of possession of an offensive weapon.

They are due to be sentenced on 20 September, along with:

  • Andy Ly, 18, of Fulmer Walk, Ladywood, who admitted manslaughter and violent disorder mid-trial.
  • Omar Robinson, 19, of Rann Close, Ladywood, who pleaded guilty to violent disorder, also mid-trial.
  • Dale Reid, 18, who pleaded guilty to violent disorder at an earlier hearing

'Toughest time'

Two other teenagers have been found not guilty of violent disorder.

Following the trial, Ben's mother, Grace Morutare, said: "You would think that with time the pain of losing our Ben would get a bit easier but it's been the toughest time of our lives.

"The fact that we will never see Ben again is the most painful and unbearable thought. No family should go through what we have gone through.

"We will always love and miss our Ben dearly."

Det Insp Gary Plant from West Midlands Police said: "The murder of little Ben was a despicable crime with a tragic and unnecessary loss of life.

"Ben's grieving family have been left devastated by their loss and we hope that these verdicts offer them some comfort as they continue to mourn their son, brother and nephew."

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