Youth sentenced to life for fatal park stabbing

01/04/2014

A seventeen-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has today been jailed to life, to serve a minimum of 16 years, after he was found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in a park in Yardley.

On 15 July 2013, a group of teenagers had gathered at the Oaklands Recreational Ground, Yardley for a pre-arranged fight between the defendant, who was 16-years-old at the time, and the victim, Hassan Mahmood.

Prior to the fight starting the defendant produced a knife and stabbed the victim in his back once. The fight then began in earnest and continued for a short time. Following the fight Mr Mahmood collapsed at the scene and his friends then called the emergency services.

The victim was transferred to the Heartlands Hospital where he would die from his injuries that evening.

After they had left the park, the defendant went to an address where he was given the opportunity to clean himself following the fight.  However, the police arrived at the address a short time later and arrested the defendant.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Social media was used to arrange a fight between the defendant and Hassan Mahmood at a public park.  It was a fight that would ultimately lead to the untimely death of the victim. 

"The defendant took the decision to bring a knife to that fight.  He would later choose to use that knife to inflict the fatal injury to Hassan.

"Recently, we have seen a number of prosecutions where knives have been used to inflict grave or fatal injuries.  I would like to take this opportunity to urge those who are thinking of or who are carrying such dangerous weapons to think twice before doing so.  The consequences of you producing that weapon and using it could be life changing for all concerned.

"Our thoughts today are very much with the family and friends of Hassam Mahmood.  We hope that the verdicts bring some comfort to them, and assist in bringing about some form of closure to what I can only imagine has been a harrowing and traumatic time for them."