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Hassan Mahmood murder: Daniel Ekemba revealed as killer

Daniel Ekemba Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Daniel Ekemba could not be identified during his trial because of reporting restrictions

The identity of a teenage killer who stabbed a schoolboy in a Birmingham park has been revealed.

Daniel Ekemba, 17, was jailed for life on 1 April for the murder of Hassan Mahmood, 15, but reporting restrictions, imposed due to his age, meant he could not be identified.

However, a judge at Birmingham Crown Court has now overturned the restrictions.

Ekemba, of Ladypool Road, will serve a minimum of 16 years in prison.

'Laughed and smiled'

During the trial the court heard how Ekemba stabbed Mr Mahmood in the back with a kitchen knife during a pre-arranged fight at Oaklands Recreational Ground in South Yardley on 15 July.

Mr Mahmood was treated by paramedics but died a short time later at nearby Heartlands Hospital.

Det Insp Warren Hines, from West Midlands Police, 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, Ekemba 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."

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