Alleged knifeman to stand trial over 'murder' of young Wolverhampton man

An alleged murderer will stand trial next month accused of stabbing a man to death in the Black Country two years ago.

Shane Mayer was fatally stabbed in Darlaston in July 2019
Shane Mayer was fatally stabbed in Darlaston in July 2019

Ramani Sanderson is accused of murdering 21-year-old Wolverhampton man Shane Mayer.

Mr Mayer died in hospital three days after he was stabbed in the leg during a fight in Forge Road, Darlaston, on July 24, 2019.

Sanderson was arrested two days after the killing but was then released without charge.

The 20-year-old was arrested again from his home in Walsham Road, near Peckham, London, in June last year and charged with murder.

He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday and a trial was set for April 12.

Sanderson pleaded not guilty to murder at a hearing last year.

Mr Mayer’s inquest heard he managed to run a short distance before collapsing and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he died.

The cause of death was given as a stab wound to the groin. The inquest, at Oldbury, was adjourned to allow police time to make further inquiries.

Shortly after the stabbing Mr Mayer's family paid tribute, saying: "Our Shane, the ache in our hearts is unexplainable; we are all broken now forever. We have not only lost our son, his sister has lost her only brother.

"His family have lost their spark for life. Shane meant the world to all of us. We were a team and it's been destroyed and taken from us so soon."

Three other suspects were arrested by police over the incident.

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