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20-year-old convicted of murder following party stabbing

Ezekiel Braithwaite is due to be sentenced on Friday (20 October). Photo: Leicestershire Police

A 20-year-old has been convicted of murder after stabbing a man in the chest in retaliation for a comment made at a party.

Ezekiel Braithwaite confronted Pedro Godinho in a Leicester car park on the morning of Sunday 26 March after taking offence to something he believed had been said about a family member.

The court heard how police were called by the ambulance service at 6.20am to a small car park in Canonsleigh Road where Godinho had been found seriously injured.

He was taken to the Leicester Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.

It's believed both Braithwaite and Godinho had been at a party along with relatives of Braithwaite.

Some time during the night, Godinho left the party and took a taxi which stopped in the Canonsleigh Road car park.

When he arrived Braithwaite was there waiting and confronted 22-year-old Godinho about a comment he believed he had made before stabbing him in the chest and fleeing the scene.

Extensive CCTV surveillance, detectives were given a breakthrough when their enquiries led them to a hotel room in South Yorkshire where Braithwaite was arrested on Monday 27 March.

Braithwaite, of no fixed address, is due to be sentenced on Friday 20 October.

DCI Smalley added:

This was a senseless attack carried out because Braithwaite took offence to a passing comment. Pedro was a young man who had his whole life to lead.

– DCI Smalley, East Midlands Special Operations Unit