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CPS statement following Zephaniah McLeod's manslaughter plea

|News, Violent crime

Following the tragic death of Jacob Billington, the defendant Zephaniah McLeod has today (28 June 2021) entered a guilty plea to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility at Birmingham Crown Court. He also pleaded guilty to four charges of attempted murder and three charges of wounding with intent involving other victims in relation to the Birmingham stabbings of 6 September 2020.

Hannah Sidaway of the CPS said: "This was a totally unprovoked attack on a number of people which sadly led to fatal consequences for Jacob Billington, and serious injuries for the other victims. Psychiatric reports and medical evidence confirmed that the defendant's mental responsibility was impaired at the time of the killing of Mr Billington. As a result, we have accepted a manslaughter plea on the grounds of diminished responsibility. Our thoughts are with the family of Jacob Billington and with the other victims in this case at this extremely difficult time for them."

The case was adjourned until 27 September 2021, when the defendant will be sentenced.

Notes to editors

Hannah Sidaway is a Specialist Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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