Keon Lincoln killing: Schoolboy fatally shot by 14-year-old during knife attack involving masked youths, court told

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A murder trial has heard how a schoolboy was fatally shot outside his home by a 14-year-old during a knife attack involving five masked youths near Birmingham.

Five teenagers, aged between 14 and 18 from Birmingham and Walsall, are accused of murdering 15-year-old Keon Lincoln on 21 January this year, jurors were told.

The 14-year-old, from Birmingham; a 16-year-old from Walsall; Kieron Donaldson, 18, of Aston Lane, Perry Barr; Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, of Oldfield Road, Balsall Heath; and Michael Ugochukwu, 18, of Twyning Road, Edgbaston, all deny murder.

At Birmingham Crown Court, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC said: "The incident was captured on CCTV. It shows five people involved in the attack.

"They all wore their hoods up so their faces could not be seen.

"The CCTV shows one of the individuals had a gun and shot at Keon Lincoln twice. One of the shots hit Keon Lincoln in the stomach and caused fatal injuries."

Mr Burrows added: "The prosecution say the gunman was ... and is 14 years old.

"He is charged with murder and with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. As I understand, he disputes that he was present and was the gunman."

The prosecutor said the CCTV footage showed the other attackers were armed with large knives.

Mr Burrows, who said Keon died in hospital around two hours after suffering eight sharp force injuries and an injury to a major artery, added: "The prosecution say the knifemen included the 16-year-old, Michael Ugochukwu and Tahjgeem Breakenridge.

"As I understand, they each dispute that they were present."

Donaldson, the court heard, is not alleged to have been present at the scene of the attack but to have "helped and supplied weapons".

The "short and brutal" attack in Linwood Road, Handsworth, lasted about 30 seconds, Mr Burrows told the court, continuing even after Keon tried to get up and run away.

Donaldson had bought 10 hunting knives, two survival knives and two machetes between October 2020 and January this year and then supplied them to others, prosecutors allege.

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

As well as the murder charge, the 14-year-old defendant denies possessing a handgun with intent to endanger life in the street where Keon was fatally wounded.

Breakenridge, Ugochukwu and the 16-year-old also deny unlawful possession of a knife. Neither of the juveniles can be named because of a court order.

The trial continues.

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