An 18-year-old has been found guilty of murdering promising young footballer Ramani Morgan following a row at a house party.
Sukhbir Singh Phull had denied killing 16-year-old Ramani, from Erdington, who was found with stab wounds in Clay Lane, Stoke, in February this year.
However, a jury today (September 25) returned a guilty verdict against Phull following an emotional trial at Warwick Crown Court.
Phull, of Binley Road, Coventry, will be sentenced at a later date.
A 17-year-old male, also accused of Ramani’s murder, has been found not guilty.
Ramani attended a house party in Chandos Street, along with his girlfriend, on the evening of February 29 and Phull was among those already there when he arrived.
Soon after things turned ugly and the guests were asked to leave, with an argument breaking out involving Ramani and Phull.
The jury at Warwick Crown Court heard that Ramani, who had recently been at the academy at Aston Villa FC, was carrying a knuckle duster that night which he used on Phull, before being stabbed.
One of the stab wounds pierced the youngster’s heart.
He was found collapsed in nearby Clay Lane and taken to hospital, but died of his injuries shortly before midnight.
Phull was arrested soon after and answered ‘no comment’ in police interviews and was eventually charged with murder.
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A statement released by Ramani’s family says: “No sentence will ever be enough and nothing can bring Ramani back or ease our pain.
“We do not want something like this to happen to another family. A clear message needs to be sent out so no other family should go through what we have gone through.”