A 14-year-old boy has been jailed for at least 16 years for the murder of schoolboy Keon Lincoln, who was stabbed and shot outside his home. Keon, 15, was fatally injured in a “short and brutal” attack by a group of young people in Handsworth, Birmingham on January 21, according to the lawsuit.
The Birmingham Crown Court judge has lifted restrictions on the naming of the 14-year-old boy accused of firing the fatal shot as Yussuf Mustapha. Three other people were also convicted of murder.
Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, of Balsall Heath, and Michael Ugochukwu, 18, of Edgbaston, both received life sentences with a minimum sentence of 19 years. A 16-year-old from Walsall, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was also convicted of Keon’s murder and sentenced to be detained for at least 17 years.
And Kieron Donaldson, 19, of Perry Barr, was sentenced to 12 years in jail for the manslaughter of Lincoln, for supplying weapons to those involved in the murder.
Lincoln’s mother, Sharmaine, was at home when her son was attacked. She called her assassins “evil and heartless monsters.” In a victim impact statement, she said, “I am in a nightmare that I cannot wake up from. My heart is broken beyond repair. A piece of my soul has been taken from me. I miss my boy so much, it hurts physically. I can only hope that the day will come when the senseless killing of children will end. “
Sentencing on Monday, Lord Justice William Davis said the murder was “carefully planned and executed” using a gun and a stolen car. “It’s pretty clear that everyone who came by the car was complicit in the use of the weapon,” he said.
The judge continued: “[Keon’s mother] heard the shots. She went out to find her son dying on the sidewalk. Not only did she have her son stolen when he was only 15, but she also had to go through the trauma of seeing him die.
“When a 15 year old boy is killed in this way, the first question will be why? This question has never been answered.
Jurors heard that Lincoln had been stabbed multiple times by a group who pursued him after getting out of a stolen car. He was then shot in the abdomen while lying on the ground and died two hours later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Prosecutors said a Ford S-Max with a fake license plate was used. He was later involved in an accident on Wheeler Street in Birmingham, where investigators found forensic evidence including a hunting knife.
Detectives previously said it was not clear whether Lincoln was targeted by the group or if he was attacked “by chance”. But the judge said the lack of clarity “didn’t mean Keon’s murder was without cause.” He said: “It just means that neither the jury nor I have any idea of the motive. ”