A 20-year-old Leicester man has today (Monday 21 August) been found guilty of stabbing a man to death in the city.
Sulaiman Sillah, of Bateman Road, Leicester, was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of murdering Lauric Lebato during a disturbance in Albion Street.
On the evening of Saturday 11 February, 22-year-old Lauric had travelled from his home in Finsbury Park, London, to attend a party at a flat in Albion Street.
An argument broke out and a number of people spilled out of the flat and into the street. CCTV footage, which was shown to the jury, showed Lauric attempt to defend himself and others with a fire extinguisher. As Lauric then turned to leave the scene, he was fatally stabbed by Sillah.
Sheriff Adekunle Oluwa, 20, of Upperton Road, Leicester, was also found guilty by the jury of violent disorder in relation to the events of 11 February.
Sillah was also found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon in relation to a separate, unconnected incident in the city in December 2016.
Sillah has been sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum of 24 years, with Oluwa to serve 30 months for his involvement.
Detective Chief Inspector David Swift-Rollinson, of the East Midlands Special Operations Unit’s Major Crime team, said: “This was a violent and senseless attack. Sillah knew that his actions would cause serious harm but that didn’t stop him from using a knife.
“Lauric’s family, girlfriend and friends have been left devastated by Lauric’s death. For them, no sentence the judge can impose will bring him back, but I hope the jury’s verdicts will help them to put the events of that day behind them.
“I pay tribute to their quiet fortitude and dignified behaviour throughout the last few months since this terrible crime and my thoughts are very much with them today.
“Tackling and preventing knife crime is priority for the force. We take extremely seriously any incident where a weapon has been used to cause harm, and we continue to do all we can to educate those who choose to carry knives of the inherent dangers of such decisions.
“To those who make that lifestyle choice to arm themselves with knives, I say this: ‘we will catch you, and we will bring you to justice’.
“In October last year we launched the #LivesNotKnives campaign to drive home the message of the devastating consequences knife crime can have and what could happen if you are caught carrying a weapon.
“Lauric’s death is a tragic reminder of why that campaign is so important.”
Source:: Leicestershire Police News