CCTV of fatal stabbing released as pair jailed for teenager's murder
Ozell Pemberton was stabbed near a bus stop in Sutton Coldfield town centre.
A teenager and a man have both been given life sentences for the knife murder of a 16-year-old boy.
Oscar Ingram, 21, and Mohammed Amir Hussain, 17, were found guilty of the murder of Ozell Pemberton, who was stabbed near a bus stop in Sutton Coldfield town centre in May.
A judge at Birmingham Crown Court ordered Ingram, from Erdington, to serve a minimum of 24 years while Hussain, of Lozells, Birmingham, was told he will serve at least 16 years.
In a statement issued after the guilty verdicts, West Midlands Police said both offenders had travelled to Sutton Coldfield “intent on getting revenge” for an incident that had taken place in a park on the same day.
In a statement, Ozell’s family said: “Our lives have not been the same since the day we lost Ozell. We’ve been robbed of the best part of our family.
“It’s just so hard to comprehend. We can’t ever understand that our best boy won’t return home.
“Ozell, who had so much going for him and so many dreams and aspirations ahead of him, now can’t achieve them because of the selfish actions of others.
“We haven’t just lost a son but we have lost all of his achievements and accomplishments as well.
“He will never say ‘I’ve passed my driving test’ or ‘I’ve got my first contract’, or anything else that he would have been able to accomplish in the coming years.
“He is missed every day by all his family, his brother and sisters.
“As much as we hold on to the hope that this isn’t really real, every day we are reminded that it is.
“Our lives will never be the same again. Our King Ozell.”
Friends of Ozell watched in horror as he was confronted by Ingram and Hussain, who lunged forward and stabbed Ozell in the chest.
Still being chased by the knifemen, Ozell tried to run but collapsed in front of members of the public who battled in vain to save him as Hussain and Ingram fled.
The court was played CCTV that showed Ingram and Hussain arriving at Sutton Coldfield train station minutes before the attack with their hoods up, wearing several layers of clothes despite it being a warm day.
Hussain and Ingram were arrested after Hussain appeared to admit that he had killed Ozell to various acquaintances.
Traces of Ozell’s blood were later found on the waistband of his trousers.
A jury at Birmingham Crown Court today took just over six hours to find both Ingram and Hussain guilty of murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Edward Foster said: “This was a cowardly and shocking attack on Ozell, who had his whole life ahead of him.
“It is always a choice to carry a knife and I cannot stress enough the dangers and implications that carrying a knife has. This has destroyed three young people’s lives as well as their families and friends.
“My thoughts remain with Ozell’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
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