Man jailed for fatal stabbing in Newtown

02/03/2017

A 20-year-old man has today been jailed for 13 years at Birmingham Crown Court, after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of Samuel Simret who was stabbed to death outside a café in Newtown.

On 23 August 2016, the victim and his friend were at a café in Summer Row when Alexander Habte entered the premises.

The victim and the defendant began arguing between each other which resulted in a friend of Mr Simret escorting him out of the café.

After 30 minutes, the two men decided to go home and their route took them past the café. Standing at a bus stop outside the café was Habte. The defendant and the victim approached one another and they started to fight.

The defendant produced a knife and stabbed the victim once in the chest and then fled the scene.

Paramedics were called and they transferred Mr Simret to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he passed away from his injuries on 25 August 2016.

Police arrested Habte on 26 August 2016 in Leicester.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Alexander Habte had gone out that day armed with a knife, a knife which he would later use that day with deadly force.

"Following an initial argument with Mr Simret inside a café, the victim and his friend left the vicinity but returned as their route home took them past the café. Standing at a bus stop nearby was the defendant who, on seeing the victim, attacked him and then stabbed once in the chest.

"The defendant fled the scene of the attack in order to avoid capture, but he was eventually arrested in Leicester and today he has brought to justice.

"Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of Mr Simret."