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Youth convicted of killing Nasir Patrice

|News, Violent crime

A youth has been sentenced today to ten years' imprisonment following his conviction for the manslaughter of a 17-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed following an altercation in a town centre flat.

The youth, who is now seventeen years old, was convicted of manslaughter, causing grievous bodily harm with intent and perverting the course of justice on 19 March 2021 at Warwick Crown Court after his trial.

Nasir Patrice sustained fatal stab wounds when he went to speak to the convicted youth defendant at a flat in Leamington Spa from which he had been dealing drugs and in which he, the youth defendant, had armed himself with a knife for his protection. Mr Patrice was with two other men one of whom, Abdoul Moustapha, sustained serious stab wounds and had to be rushed to hospital.

After the stabbing the youth defendant went to meet three friends at a nearby bed and breakfast and those three men, Richard Talawila, 19, Abraham Kombey, 19, and William Hutsch, 18, pleaded guilty to helping him remove and destroy evidence of his crime. Richard Talawila, Abraham Kombey, and William Hutsch were each sentenced to two years' imprisonment.

Giovanni D’Alessandro, of the CPS, said: “When Mr Patrice and his two friends went to speak to the defendant they did not imagine the ferocious attack that would confront them.

"Thanks to fingerprint and DNA technology, telephone records, copious CCTV and witness testimonies, the CPS was able to build a compelling case with Warwickshire Police to prove that this defendant was responsible for unlawfully killing Mr Patrice and seriously injuring Mr Moustapha.

"The youth defendant must have appreciated the serious nature of his crime as he enlisted three friends to seek to cover it up. That he was not successful is testament to the hard work of the prosecution team.

"The violent actions of this youth has cost a young man his life and brought indescribable pain to his loved ones. The conviction and today’s sentencing can never replace the loss of Nasir Patrice but I hope it brings Nasir’s family and friends some comfort that the person responsible for his unlawful killing will pay for his crime.”

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