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Defendants sentenced for killing Shane Mayer

|News, Violent crime

 Three men have been jailed after a man was fatally stabbed with a sword outside a Darlaston pub in July 2019.

The defendants were sentenced today (16 July 2021) at Coventry Crown Court after being convicted of offences related to the brutal attack on 21-year-old Shane Mayer.

The attack happened on 24 July 2019 outside a pub in Forge Road, Darlaston.

Ramani Sanderson, 21, attacked Shane Mayer with a sword. The victim suffered horrific stab injuries and, despite efforts by medical staff to save him, he died three days later.

On 9 June 2021, Sanderson was convicted after a trial of murdering Shane Mayer.

Kamron Reid, also aged 20, and Joseph Till, aged 21, were convicted of manslaughter for their involvement in the killing.

In an unrelated incident, Sanderson was also found guilty of wounding a taxi driver on 29 April 2019 when Sanderson set upon him with a large blade that left a wound to the driver’s head. The taxi driver had been carrying out his job at the time of the assault.

Sanderson admitted bladed article offences relating to both incidents during the trial.

On 16 July 2021, Sanderson was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years.

Reid and Till were sentenced to five years imprisonment each; both men will serve half of their sentence in custody before their release on licence.

Angela Millington of West Midlands CPS said, "These violent attacks with blades robbed Shane Mayer’s family of a much-loved son and brother and left a taxi driver with a head wound. Today’s sentences reflect the tragic loss of Shane’s life and Sanderson’s choice to carry and use weapons. We send our deepest condolences to Shane’s family and friends."

Notes to editors

  • Angela Millington is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.
  • Sentencing details:
  • Ramani Sanderson (DOB: 18 Nov 2000 ) was sentenced as below:
    • Murder – Life imprisonment with a minimum term of 25 years (23 years and 329 days left as 401 days already served)
    • Having bladed article – two years imprisonment concurrent
    • Section 18 – six years concurrent
    • Having bladed article – 18 months concurrent
    • Total 25 years. The sentences for the other offences were incorporated in the 25-year term.
  • Kamron Reid (DOB: 29 Sep 2000) and Joseph Till (DOB: 7 Mar 2000) were each sentenced to five years imprisonment, to serve half and half on licence.

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