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Sheriff Mbye stabbing: Three jailed for life

(L to R) Montell Stephens, Rakeem Riley, Omar Robinson Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption If knives had not been carried the outcome could have been very different, police said. (L to R) Montell Stephens, Rakeem Riley, Omar Robinson

Three men have been jailed for life after a man was stabbed to death during a fight in Birmingham.

Sheriff Mbye, 19, of Lee Bank, Birmingham, died in hospital on 17 April after being stabbed several times on Bristol Road South, Northfield.

Montell Stephens, 19, of Smethwick, was found guilty of his murder.

Rakeem Riley, 19, of no fixed address, and Omar Robinson, 21, of Rann Close, Ladywood, Birmingham, were found guilty of aiding and abetting the crime.

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Image caption Sheriff Mbye died in hospital after being stabbed in a fight which had started over the sale of a mobile phone

The three were prosecuted under joint enterprise.

Stephens, who was also taken to hospital with serious injuries following the fight, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum of 25 years.

Riley must serve a minimum of 20 years and Robinson 22 years.

Both were also found guilty of wounding with intent against Stephens, and were sentenced to 14 years to run concurrently with their life sentences.

Speaking after the case, West Midlands Police said the fight broke out over a mobile phone. Stephens had been armed with a knife and the other men had been out to buy fishing knives.

"Sadly, the truth is that had these men not been carrying knives they may well have had a bit of a dust up and most likely walked away with a few cuts and bruises," a spokesman said.

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