Man charged with Birmingham bus murder

A man has been charged with murder following a fatal knife attack on a Birmingham bus on Monday night (Jan 23).

Kieran Gillespie, from Wellesbourne Road in Handsworth, will appear before magistrates in the city tomorrow morning (Friday) accused of attacking a passenger on the top deck of the 11A service in Rookery Road.

It’s alleged the 25-year-old stabbed Smethwick man Leon Barrett-Hazle multiple times; the 36-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The family of Mr Barrett-Hazle (pictured above) tonight said he will never be forgotten, recalling his generosity and infectious smile.

A statement read: “Family and friends are devastated by the tragic loss of a wonderful, warm, kind, generous of heart and much-loved Leon Barrett Hazle.

“We have been robbed of the best son, grandson, brother, nephew, cousin, uncle and friend anyone could ever wish for.

“Words cannot express the immense grief and pain we are suffering but memories of your infectious smile, happy-go-lucky style will help fill the massive void in our lives.

“You had so much life to live. No reason on earth can justify taking it away in such a manner. Rest in peace.”

Meanwhile officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses on the bus to come forward.

Detective Inspector Warren Hines, from force CID, said: “We still need these witnesses to come forward to help us establish exactly what happened on the top deck of the 11A service on Monday evening in Rookery Road.

“The family of the victim is being kept informed of the latest development in our investigation and our thoughts remain with them.”

Det Insp Hines can be contacted on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Source:: West Midlands Police News

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