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Bishop of Leicester praises 'dignity' of Akpom's family

The Bishop of Leicester has released a statement following yesterday's verdict in the trial for the murder of Antoin Akpom.

The Rt Revd Tim Stevens said:

Antoin’s death was a tragedy for both his family and for the communities of the city. The pain of that tragedy is not diminished by this verdict – one young man has lost his life and another young man faces prison as a result. Antoin’s mother Cheryl, and her family, have shown remarkable dignity through the pressure of these very difficult times, but his loss is felt very deeply...

... As Christians celebrate Easter, we remember too that in the face of tragic death, there is hope. We must look beyond these terrible events, bring some sense of closure, and work for the better future we can build together. A renewed commitment to see our communities standing alongside each other and working together for truth and reconciliation is the best way to face these challenging times with a shared hope for the future.

19-year-old Hussain Hussain has been jailed for life for the murder of the Leicester football coach and will serve a minimum of 15 years for stabbing Mr Akpom in September last year.

Teenager jailed for life for murdering football coach

A 19-year-old man has been jailed for life for the murder of Leicester football coach Antoin Akpom.

Hussain Hussain will serve a minimum of 15 years for stabbing Mr Akpom in the back in Kent Street in September last year.

Hussain Hussain has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years
Hussain Hussain has been sentenced to life with a minimum of 15 years Credit: ITV News Central

Antoin Akpom was the father of a one-year-old son and coached a youth football team in Leicester.

The jury heard how Mr Akpom and a friend had been holding a dance and fitness class at a school in Highfields before he was stabbed.

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Antoin Akpom: man convicted of murdering father in Leicester

Antoin Akpom was a fitness coach
Father, Antoin Akpom, was a fitness coach in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

A 19 year-old man has been convicted of murdering a fitness coach who was stabbed shortly after leaving work at a primary school in Leicester.

The jury, sitting at Stafford Crown Court, deliberated for almost ten hours before unanimously convicting Hussain Hussain of killing Antoin Akpom on Kent Street last year.

Mr Akpom, 20, died in hospital after suffering a collapsed lung when he was stabbed in the back on 12 September.

Hussain Hussain has been convicted of murdering Antoin Akpom
Hussain Hussain has been convicted of murdering Antoin Akpom Credit: Leicestershire Police

During the two week trial the prosecution alleged that Hussain stabbed Mr Akpom after punches were thrown during an altercation.

Jurors also heard Mr Akpom was attacked around seven hours before four members of the same family died in an alleged arson attack on a house in Leicester.

The jury has yet to reach a verdict on co-defendant Abdul Hakim, who denies murder. It will resume its deliberations tomorrow on the 19 year-old.

Trial begins over death of Leicester football coach

Antoin Akpom was the father of a one-year-old son and coached a youth football team in Leicester. He died on the 12th September last year. The prosecution at Stafford Crown Court alleges he was killed by 19-year-olds Abdul Hakim and Hussain Husain.

The prosecution said in court today that there was 'some sort of bad blood' between Antoin Akpom and Abdul Hakim which had been going on for a year.

The jury heard how Mr Akpom and a friend had been holding a dance and fitness class at a school in Highfields before he was stabbed.

Richard Latham QC told the court that, after leaving the class, an eyewitness saw Mr Akpom get in to an altercation with the two defendants where all three men threw punches at each other.

It is claimed the witness saw Hussain Husain 'go to the back' of Antoin Akpom as he was facing Abdul Hakim. Moments later, it is alleged, the witness saw 'a red substance' on the back of Mr Akpom's shirt, which appeared to be growing in size.

The prosecution says this is when Antoin Akpom was stabbed. The trial continues.

Two more arrested in connection with Antoin Akpom death

Antoin Akpom died after being stabbed in Leicester Credit: ITV News Central

Detectives investigating the murder of Antoin Akpom have made two further arrests in relation to the investigation.

Two men, aged 57 and 49, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of assisting an offender. They were released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Antoin Akpom died after being stabbed on Kent Street, Leicester on September 12, 2013.

So far two men have been charged with his murder and will be appearing at Leicester Crown Court at a later date.

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Mother thanks community for support after son killed

The grieving mother of stabbed football coach Antoin Akpom has thanked the community for their support, saying it has given her comfort in the weeks since his death.

Mr Akpom, aged 20, died last month after being stabbed in Leicester.

His funeral took place this morning.

Cheryl Armatrading told ITV News Central the past few weeks had been "a rollercoaster" of emotion.

Grieving mother applauded after musical tribute

The mother of stab death victim Antoin Akpom has paid tribute to her son in song as friends and family gathered for his funeral.

Cheryl Armatrading sang a version of Peggy Seeger's The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, to hearty applause from the other mourners in the church.

Football coach Mr Akpom, aged 20, died last month after being stabbed in an attack in Kent Street, Leicester.

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