Coventry nightclub killer jailed for life over Daniel Kirkwood murder

From top left to bottom right: Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott
Image caption From top left to bottom right: Tobijah Thompson, Ramez Murtaza, Hasham Ali and Ezra Scott

A man has been jailed for a minimum of 32 years for the murder of a teenager in a row over a girl.

Daniel Kirkwood was fatally stabbed in the neck at Society nightclub in Coventry in March 2015, while out celebrating a friend's birthday.

Tobijah Thompson, 25, was convicted of his murder last month. He has been jailed for life at Warwick Crown Court.

Three other men, all from Birmingham, have been jailed after admitting violent disorder.

Hasham Ali, 19, from Amberley Green, was sentenced to 29 months in a young offenders' institution.

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Ezra Scott, 22, from Hawksyard Road, Erdington, was jailed for 28 months and Ramez Murtaza, 21, from Bordesley Green East, Bordesley Green, who also pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault, was jailed for eight years.

The court was told the group got into the club without being searched by security and that Thompson was carrying a knife.

Image caption Daniel Kirkwood was found outside the nightclub

He stabbed Mr Kirkwood in the neck, Niall Kavanagh, 17, in the arm, Nigel Mkhwananzi, 18, in the back and assaulted Christopher O'Brien whose birthday it was.

He was also convicted of two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Thompson, of no fixed address, was also found guilty of violent disorder and possession of a knife in a public place.

Mr Kirkwood's family applauded as Thompson was jailed.

They have previously paid tribute to him by describing him as "the brightest star in our family" who was always "laughing, joking and had the biggest smile that everyone noticed".

Image caption The court heard a fight erupted between the defendants, Mr Kirkwood and his friends

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