Pair charged with murder over Birmingham teen stabbing

Two men have been charged with murdering Birmingham teenager Sheriff Mbye.

Rakeem Riley (18) of no fixed address was arrested by detectives on Friday night – just three hours after the fatal stabbing – while 21-year-old Omar Robinson was detained from his home address in Rann Close, Ladywood, yesterday morning.

Both were questioned about a fight in Bristol Road South, Northfield, at around 5pm on Friday that left Sheriff Mbye with multiple stab injuries; the 19-year-old from Ladywood was pronounced dead in hospital less than two hours later.

And this evening West Midlands Police charged the pair with murder…they are set to appear before Birmingham magistrates tomorrow morning.

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

He added: “Clearly the charges are a significant point in the investigation but the enquiry doesn’t end here…we still need anyone who saw what happened, but who’s not yet got in touch, to contact us as they could hold vital information. 

“In particular, we’re very keen to speak to a woman who was pushing a child in a pushchair along Bristol Road South at around the time Sheriff was stabbed – she witnessed the attack and appeared distressed by what she saw.

“We also want to speak to the occupants of a blue Fiat Punto, which has a large sticker or item placed in the bottom right corner of the rear window.

“These people are purely witnesses. They will have seen some or all of the incident as it happened…I’d urge them to come forward as soon as possible and they can speak to us in confidence.”

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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