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Jury hears from accused's ex-partner in teen rapper murder trial

Rudie Lee has a 20-month-old child with Armani Mitchell Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham Crown Court has heard from 19-year-old Rudie Lee who has a 20-month-old child with the accused, Armani Mitchell. She told the jury the couple regularly argued over custody and access to the child.

On September 20th last year they were both at a party in TCs in Selly Oak although they did not go there together.

Rudie Lee said Armani Mitchell saw her at the bar and said she should be at home looking after their baby.

She said he held up his hand and told her she had five minutes to leave or he would beat her up. She says she told him to shut up and walked away.

Later the same evening Rudie Lee was with the murder victim Joshua Ribera - an 18-year-old grime and rap artist known as Depzman. She said he appeared to be very drunk and told her he felt sick, so she offered to take him home.

CCTV from inside the club and played to the jury showed the pair heading for the exit and passing Armani Mitchell in a corridor.

Armani Mitchell turned and went after the two of them. Rudie Lee said off-camera there was an argument during which Joshua Ribera punched Armani Mitchell in the face. She said he then went back into the club to cool off.

Armani Mitchell and Joshua Ribera clashed again later the same evening outside the club when the defendant stabbed Joshua Ribera in the heart. He died in hospital early the next morning. Armani Mitchell admits stabbing Joshua Ribera but denies murder. The trial continues.

Murder trial: Ribera told witness Mitchell had 'threatened to stab him'

Joshua Ribera was stabbed to death outside a Birmingham night club Credit: R.I.P. Depzman Facebook Page

An 18 year-old man accused of the murder of Birmingham grime rapper Joshua Ribera had threatened to stab him on the night he died, a court has heard.

It's the second day of the trail of Armani Mitchell, who is accused of Ribera's murder.

Ellesse Broadfield, who knew both men, told Birmingham Crown Court that she was at a party at TC's social club in Selly Oak last September. Broadfield, 19, said Ribera came up to her in an outside smoking area and appeared angry.

She said Ribera told her Mitchell had just threatened to stab him.

Joshua Ribera, who was 18 and also known as Depzman, died from a single stab wound on September 21 last year.

Armani Mitchell admits stabbing Ribera but denies murder.

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Guitars worth £30,000 stolen

Owner of the studio was attacked with this guitar during the raid. Credit: ITV News Central

A collection of guitars worth more than £30,000 has been stolen by a gang of hooded robbers. The four men attacked the owner after smashing their way into his music recording studio where the instruments were on display.

It happened at Rob Bruce's studios in Selly Oak, Birmingham where the guitars were on display in cabinets.

The studios have hosted some of the biggest names in rock, like Black Sabbath, Robert Plant and ELO.

Tributes pour in for Depzman

A Facebook group set-up in memory of Joshua Ribera, who performed grime music under the name Depzman, now has more than 35,000 members.

Josua Ribera performed grime music as Depzman Credit: Facebook tribute page

Top UK grime artists and producers like Wretch 32 and MNEK have paid tribute to the 18 year-old, who was stabbed to death in Selly Oak last night.

It is believed Josh was taking part in a fundraising memorial at TC's nightclub on Coronation Road.

The event was raising money to buy a gravestone for 16 year-old Kyle Sheehan, who died after he was stabbed in Bartley Green last year.

City Council to discuss Selly Oak regeneration

A redevelopment of a 30 acre site in Selly Oak, which could create around 2700 jobs, is to be discussed by Birmingham City Council today.

The proposals for the former Battery Park site include a replacement Sainsbury's store and the creation of piazzas along the canal.

A computer-generated view of the proposed construction along the canal Credit: Glenn Howells Associates
The proposed site will include a new Life Sciences research centre Credit: Glenn Howells Associates

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