Customers told 'to get inside' Walsall bar before stabbing, murder trial told

Shane Mayer was stabbed to death outside a Darlaston bar in July 2019. Four men are on trial, accused of murdering the 21-year-old.

Shane Mayer
Shane Mayer

A man said customers were ushered into a bar following an "incident" before a young man was fatally stabbed outside, a trial heard.

Kalvinder Banga was giving evidence in the trial where four men are accused of murdering Shane Mayer, 21, outside Gabba's Bar, in Darlaston, on the night of July 24, 2019.

Mr Banga was sat in a car on Forge Road, where the bar is located, when he said a particular incident unfolded, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

He said he went into Gabba's Bar and spoke to "Gabba" and told him "there was some kind of incident outside", jurors heard.

Mr Banga recalled there was customers outside the front entrance at the time, and they were told "to get inside" the building.

His attention was drawn to "six gentleman from two different groups" outside the premises, who were arguing.

He said some of them were wearing hoods which were "laced up" up over their mouths.

Mr Banga recalled punches and kicks being thrown and said he heard a "click noise".

At, first he believed was from a "knife", but on reflection he told jurors he could no longer be sure what caused that sound.

Mr Banga said he then told people within the bar to call police.

He took to the witness stand where he was cross examined by prosecutor, Michael Burrows QC.

Prosecutors say there were two incidents that night which led to Mr Mayer being stabbed by Ramani Sanderson, 20, who is one of the defendants.

Mr Mayer died in hospital three days later as a result of his stab wounds.

Evidence was also given from a forensic scientist, called Philip Peel.

He said a blood a trail went from outside Gabba's Bar down to Wolverhampton Street, where Mr Mayer later collapsed.

Sanderson, of Walsham Road, near Peckham, London, denies murder and possessing a bladed article in a public place.

The other defendants are Kamron Reid, 20, of Herberts Park Road, Bloxwich; Lewis Green, 21, of Heathfield Lane West, Darlaston; Joseph Till, 21, of Summer Street, Willenhall; who all deny murder too.

Green admits carrying a hammer.

Sanderson is also standing trial accused of assaulting a taxi driver in a separate incident less than three months earlier.

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