A 16-year-old boy who died after being stabbed in the leg by gatecrashers outside a birthday party has been named as Ben Morutare.A good old West Midlands name, that. Tha’ knows.
A brawl reportedly broke out between two groups and police were called to the disturbance at Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club just before 1.30am.
A witness said: 'A crowd of about 30 people attacked the boy who died. He had been defending his mate who was getting kicked on the ground by the gang. It's just so sad he died like that.'An earlier ‘Daily Mail’ article about this murder carried the curious suggestion that this may have been a particular type of crime.
It’s been redacted out now (though some comments refer to it) but the ‘Star’ still – as I type – has it:
A witness said: “It seems it may have been a postcode-related crime.
“My niece saw it happen outside her bedroom window and she called the police.”A ‘postcode-related crime’, eh? I’m assuming this isn’t another ‘dog bites postman’ sort of crime…
A tribute site has been set up on Facebook by the victim's brother, and donations are being given to the family for the teenager's funeral.Ah. All the usual social niceties being observed, then?
Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from the force's CID said: 'We have launched a murder investigation following the tragic loss of this young man's life.
'We believe that this is an isolated incident and crime of this type is very rare.'Do you? Do you really believe it?