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Gunman, 14, guilty of murdering 15-year-old who was shot and stabbed


Gunman, 14, and three other teens aged 16 to 18 are guilty of murdering 15-year-old who was shot and stabbed to death near his home

  • Keon Lincoln, 15, was attacked in Handsworth in January and died in hospital 
  • Post mortem examination shows Keon died from a gunshot and stab wounds 
  • The force said they believe five or six youths were involved in the daylight attack 










Teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of Keon Lincoln, 15, (pictured) who was killed outside his home by a gang of youths armed with guns and knives

Teenagers have been found guilty of the murder of Keon Lincoln, 15, (pictured) who was killed outside his home by a gang of youths armed with guns and knives

A 14-year-old gunman and three other teenagers aged between 16 and 18 were today found guilty of murdering a schoolboy who was shot and hacked to death outside his home.

Keon Lincoln, 15, was blasted twice by a 14-year-old gunman and stabbed ‘with large knives’ during a 30-second onslaught in Birmingham in January this year.

Four of the five suspects, who all wore masks in the attack, were convicted today. Jurors at the city’s crown court are still considering a charge of murder against a fifth defendant. 

CCTV cameras captured the hooded mob unleashing the attack, which continued even after Keon tried to get up and run away, the trial heard.

Prosecutor Michael Burrows QC told Birmingham Crown Court: ‘He [Keon] was shot at whilst he was on the ground. Still, the group continued to attack him, stabbing and hacking at him with large knives.

‘Eventually, the group ran away and got back into a white Ford S-Max and that car was driven away from the scene.’ Footage showed that one suspect shot Keon twice including once in the stomach which later killed him, the jury was told.

Prosecutors allege all of the defendants except Donaldson had got out of the S-Max along with a fifth male, while a sixth man remained in the car and turned it round in the street.

Keon died in hospital after witnesses heard shots fired in the Handsworth area of Birmingham in broad daylight in January. Pictured: Paramedics and police at the scene

Keon died in hospital after witnesses heard shots fired in the Handsworth area of Birmingham in broad daylight in January. Pictured: Paramedics and police at the scene

The getaway vehicle, which had been stolen and was on false plates, later crashed. Left behind was forensic evidence including a hunting knife.

Donaldson is not thought to have been present at the murder scene but is suspected to have ‘helped and supplied weapons’.

The teenager bought ten hunting knives, two survival knives and two machetes between October last year and this January, and then supplied them to others, the court heard. 

Mr Burrows said the prosecution could not say what the precise motive for the attack was. 

He added that the attack was ‘planned’, and also said the suspects made sure that their phones did not betray their movements. 

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