Killer, 15, who stabbed Dea-John Reid, 14, to death outside McDonald’s is jailed

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On May 31 last year, 14-year-old Dea-John Reid was killed after he was ‘hunted like prey’ before a 15-year-old schoolboy stabbed him once in the chest

A vigil for Dea-John Reid
A vigil for Dea-John Reid

A 15-year-old boy has been jailed for six-and-a-half years for stabbing to death a 14-year-old boy outside a McDonald’s in a broad daylight revenge attack.

Dea-John Reid died after being “hunted down” by a gang when he went out to play football on May 31 last year.

The schoolboy had a blade plunged into his chest before he collapsed in the street and was pronounced dead in the Kingstanding area of ​​Birmingham.

He was cleared of murdering the 14-year-old schoolboy at a previous court hearing.

The youth was driven around looking for Dea-John who was racially abused from the car.







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Birmingham Crown Court heard the schoolboy was chased from the park in retaliation for another youngster being mugged for his bag.

Prosecutor Richard Wormald QC previously told the court a gang had hunted Dea-John down “like a pack chasing down their prey”.

He added: “The defendants acted like a pack, chasing down their prey. Having carried out the attack, the group all then made off in haste.

“Not one of them offered any support or comfort to Dea-John Reid, they simply left him to die.”

He said Dea-John was unarmed and died from a single stab wound to the heart in a fatal blow inflicted by the 15-year-old.

In a heartbreaking statement, Dea-John’s mother Joan Morris said: “Dea-John Reid my son, my handsome son, is no longer with us.

“He was my son, a brother, an uncle and a nephew, a cousin, and a friend. Monday, 31st May 2021 will be a day in my life that I will never forget.







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“After seeing my son bouncing around with life, he went out to play football and never returned despite me speaking to him at approximately 7pm on the evening of 31st of May 2021, telling me that he would be home in 40 minutes, which never came .

“The only call I had was from a friend telling me that my son had been hurt in Kingstanding and that I should make my way there which I duly did, only to see in the middle of College Road a blue tent behind a police cordon for which I was told my son was lying on the ground underneath the tent dead as he had been stabbed.

“Suddenly, my youngest baby at the tender age of 14 had gone and all I was being told is that I cannot even see him. The next time I saw him was in a mortuary in Coventry.

“It dawned upon me that my son Dea-John, a budding footballer someone who wanted to be a dentist had been torn away out of my life breaking my heart into pieces, by the actions of others, forever.







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“Dea- John used to be there for me, he would make me a cup of tea, get my medication. We had a fantastic relationship, which was abruptly destroyed by the actions of others.

“The final act of love I could show to my son was to ensure he had the send-off which he deserved.

“Whilst members of the perpetrator’s family will be able to visit their loved one and eventually see him released back in the community, my only visit to Dea-John, is to a grave in a cemetery.

“My only meeting with Dea-John may well be if I am still in this country, to join him in his grave when the Lord calls me home.”

Michael Shields, 36, George Khan, 39, and a two other youths were all cleared of murder while Hollie Davies, 36, was found not guilty of assisting an offender.

The youth claimed in court he acted in self-defence.

Detective Superintendent Shaun Edwards, of West Midlands Police, said afterwards: “Dea-John was a 14-year-old boy – just a child with his whole life ahead of him.

“He had no convictions or cautions; he was an innocent boy.







Police on College Road in Kingstanding, Birmingham, where he was stabbed to death on 31 May 2021
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“To have lost his life in such an appalling way, shattering all the hopes his family had to see him grow up, is absolutely tragic.

“I can’t imagine what it must feel like for the family, not only to lose a son in such tragic circumstances, but then to also sit through that trial, seeing graphic CCTV of your child’s last moments played out in a court room.

“We have worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to bring this case before a jury, which returned its verdicts.”

In the days after Dea-John’s death, huge crowds gathered to a vigil held in his memory.

Mourners cried and hugged one another in June last year as many wore clothing that had the boy’s image emblazoned on it.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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