A teenager from Leicester has been found not guilty of murdering a 17-year-old boy who tried to rob him in a drugs deal.
The teenager was found not guilty of fatally stabbing Rhys Singh Bahia to death in the Belgrave area of the city in October last year.
However the youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of wounding a second teenager, a friend of Rhys, during the dispute.
The incident unfolded on Halloween last year, when the defendant had arranged to meet two 17-year-old boys in the Belgrave area in order to sell cannabis.
Rhys Singh Bahia, from Leicester, and Rhys’ friend, tried to rob the youth and threatened him with a stun gun during the meet up. An argument and scuffle broke out, in which Rhys suffered multiple stab injuries from which he died. Rhys’ friend was also stabbed in the incident.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 24 April) found the youth guilty of wounding with intent for the attack on Rhys’ friend. However, was acquitted of the murder or manslaughter of Rhys. He had denied all charges.
The defendant had pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article and in the possession with intent to supply cannabis.
He will be sentenced on a date yet to be set.
Detective Inspector Mark Sinski said: “We presented before the court all the evidence available to us surrounding the events of that fateful night on October 31 and I respect the decision reached by the jury in relation to the fatal injuries suffered by Rhys.”
“The upshot of the events that evening is that one young man died, another was seriously injured, and a third – the defendant – will now be sentenced for his part in the incident.”
“It is hard to escape the reality that, in this case like so many, illegal drugs and the carrying of weapons lie at the heart of a very violent incident. I can only hope that this case serves as a wake-up call, to those who are involved in the supply and use of illegal drugs, and to those who carry illegal weapons.”
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