Detectives charge a third man with murder of Sheriff Mbye

Detectives investigating the murder of Birmingham teenager Sheriff Mbye have charged another man in connection with his death.

Montell Stephens, aged 18, and of William Savage Way, Smethwick, was charged this afternoon (30 April) with murder and is due before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (1 May).

Sheriff MybeSheriff died in hospital on 17 April after being stabbed several times during a fight on Bristol Road South, Northfield.

Stephens was also injured during the dispute and was immediately taken to hospital. While there, he was arrested on suspicion of murder on 24 April and was deemed fit for questioning yesterday evening.

Following Sheriff’s death, two other men – Rakeem Riley, aged 18, of no fixed address and Omar Robinson, aged 21, and from Rann Close in Ladywood – were arrested on suspicion of murder.

They were subsequently charged with the offence and were remanded into custody after appearing before the same court on 21 April.

All men are believed to be friends with Sheriff – who was from Lee Bank – and Riley and Robinson had travelled to Northfield with him. Inquiries to date have found no evidence to suggest the murder was gang-related.

Detective Inspector Jim Munro said, despite the charges, his team are still actively seeking witnesses.

He added: “These charges are a significant step forward in our investigation and while the response from the public in Northfield and in Birmingham has been excellent, we remain keen to hear from anyone with information about this murder.

“Our investigations into exactly what happened will continue and you may notice more police in the Northfield area as we carry on with our inquiries

“We understand Northfield has been shocked by Sheriff’s murder and we are working really hard with local people, local businesses and partners to get back to normality as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, we want everyone to carry on with their business as usual and enjoy Northfield as a safe place to visit, work and spend time.”

Det Insp Munro and the investigation team can be contacted on 101. Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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