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Gang members convicted of killing 15-year-old Keelan Wilson

|News, Violent crime

Four gang members have been found guilty of the murder of a 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed following a gang altercation.

Nehemie Tampwo, and Brian Sasa, aged 20, and Tyrique Jay King and Zenay Pennant-Phillips, aged 19, were convicted of murder today (18 January 2021) at Wolverhampton Crown Court. 

Keelan Wilson, 15, sustained over 40 stab wounds when the defendants descended on him as he boarded a taxi causing him fatal injuries.

The court heard that Keelan Wilson had been with a friend when their car broke down, which led to the taxi being called. The offenders were seen attacking Keelan by two horrified witnesses while his friend remained untouched and fled.

Paul Farrow of the CPS said: “This was a deliberate and targeted attack on a 15-year-old boy by four young men who hunted Keelan Wilson down. He was with another young man who was left unscathed during this incident and it was therefore evident that Keelan was the only target.

"Thanks to fingerprint and DNA technology, telephone records, and witness testimonies, the CPS was able to build a compelling case with West Midlands Police to prove that all four defendants were responsible for Keelan Wilson’s death. Their actions have cost a young man his life and brought indescribable pain to his loved ones. While today’s conviction can never replace what they have lost, I hope it brings Keelan’s family some comfort that those responsible for his death will pay for their crimes.”

Notes to editors

  • Paul Farrow is a Special Prosecutor at CPS West Midlands.

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