Inquest opens into Birmingham stabbing victim

By Thomas Parkes | Birmingham | Crime | Published:

The inquest into a man fatally stabbed in Birmingham amid a series of knife attacks has briefly opened.

Jacob Billington who died after being stabbed during the attacks. Photo: West Midlands Police

Jacob Billington, from Liverpool, died after being attacked on Irving Street in the city on September 6.

The 23-year-old was one of eight people attacked during the early hours of the morning around the city's Gay Village.

The hearing on Monday was adjourned pending the outcome of a criminal case against Zephaniah McLeod.

McLeod, 27, of Nately Grove, Selly Oak, has been charged with murder and the attempted murder of seven other people.

Two other people injured in the attacks remain in critical condition in hospital, West Midlands Police said.

A trial date has been scheduled for February next year.

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
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