A teenager has been found guilty of stabbing a young Aston Villa player to death after an argument broke out when his friend ‘tried’ with the footballer’s girlfriend at a house party.
Sukhbir Singh-Phull, 18, plunged a blade into the chest of Premier League starlet Ramani Morgan, 16, after an argument broke out in the streets on February 29.
A court heard that the two clashed after Phull’s friend ‘tried’ with Ramani’s girlfriend at the party in Coventry.
Ramani was rushed to hospital with multiple stab wounds after being brutally attacked, but was pronounced dead just before midnight.
Phull and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been tried on murder charges at Warwick Crown Court.
Sukhbir Singh-Phull (left), 18, was found guilty today by Warwick Crown Court of stabbing young Aston Villa player Ramani Morgan (right), 16, to death, 16, at a party in Coventry on February 29.
Today, Phull has been convicted of murder and faces life imprisonment while the youth has been cleared of the same charge by a jury.
Phull, of Binley Road, Coventry, will be sentenced at a later date.
The trial had learned how a fight broke out between Phull and Ramani after his co-accused began flirting with the victim’s girlfriend.
He had also previously refused an alcoholic drink prepared by his suspected murderers, fearing it had been increased.
The girl who was hosting the party at the house then kicked everyone out because she feared the property would be “ransacked”.
At that point, Phull whispered something in Ramani’s ear and told him to “come out” where a fight broke out in the street.
The teenager was stabbed four times – including in the cheek and once in the chest – before collapsing in a pool of blood after trying to escape.
Ramani, who played for the youth teams of Villa and Walsall, could not be rescued despite an air ambulance medic who briefly managed to revive him at the scene.
When the teens were arrested the next day, police found the North Face jacket Phull was wearing, with Ramani’s blood on it, at the 17-year-old’s home.
He replied “no comment” in interviews with police before eventually being charged with murder.
Clay Lane police and forensic officers in Coventry after Ramani was stabbed to death at the party
Police cordoned off both scenes for a fingertip search and forensic examination. They are pictured on Clay Lane
Ramani’s family said in a statement after the verdict: “No sentence will ever be enough and nothing can bring Ramani back or ease our pain.
“We don’t want something like this to happen to another family. A clear message must be sent so that no other family experiences what we have been through.
The family previously said in a tribute, “Ramani was so kind, caring and humble and had a beautiful soul.
“He had the potential to become a professional footballer. Ramani had many hopes and dreams and he had his whole life ahead of him.
“Ramani was the best son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin one could wish for. Ramani was loved by all who knew him.