Fifth teen accused of killing Keon Lincoln found guilty of manslaughter

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A 5th teen accused of sidesplitting 15-year-old schoolboy Keon Lincoln has been cleared of execution but recovered blameworthy of manslaughter.

Kieron Donaldson was convicted of the lesser complaint by a bulk 10-2 verdict astatine Birmingham crown tribunal aft a proceedings heard helium “helped and supplied weapons” for the premeditated onslaught connected Lincoln successful January this year.

The 18-year-old, of Perry Barr successful Birmingham, volition beryllium sentenced aboriginal this period alongside 4 different teenagers who were convicted of Lincoln’s execution connected Thursday.

A 14-year-old from Birmingham and a 16-year-old from Walsall, who cannot beryllium named for ineligible reasons, were convicted of execution alongside Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, and Michael Ugochukwu, 18.

DI Jim Colclough from West Midlands police, who led the investigation, said: “We person not been capable to found wherefore Keon was murdered. Only his killers cognize that, but they volition present person a agelong clip to bespeak connected their actions.”

“The utter sadness present is that not lone has Keon’s household been near without him, but these young killers present look beingness successful prison, distant from their ain families, and for what?”

In the mediate of the day connected 21 January, Keon was talking to a person extracurricular his location successful Handsworth erstwhile respective young radical jumped retired of a car. He jumped implicit his plot partition and was chased up the road, earlier being stabbed from behind.

One of 2 gunshots deed him successful the stomach, and the radical attacked him with machetes and ample hunting knives arsenic helium laic connected the ground. He managed to get up and tally again, but was again chased and slashed aft falling to the level a 2nd time.

He was pronounced dormant astatine Birmingham children’s infirmary 2 hours later.

Police utilized DNA grounds recovered successful the car, which was crashed and abandoned nearby, to place the killers.

Keon’s mother, Charmaine, and his sisters ran to his broadside arsenic helium laic successful the street. “I’m successful a nightmare that I cannot aftermath up from,” she said. “My bosom is breached beyond repair. A portion of my psyche has been taken from me. I spot my babe boy’s look arsenic helium laic slumped connected the crushed struggling to breathe.”

Close household person the Rev Neville Popo said the onslaught was “heinous and diabolical”. “We would similar to cognize what would person motivated them to bash specified a happening but we bash not know,” helium said.

Popo said the household conscionable wanted justness for Keon. “It’s not astir getting backmost astatine the radical who person done the crime; it’s astir getting justice. This has to stop. There has to beryllium a mode we tin scope our young radical crossed the metropolis to halt this level of transgression that has been created. It’s rather devastating.”

The 5 teenagers volition beryllium sentenced connected 29 November.