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Teenager found guilty of Bartley Green murder

Cameron Martin-Leon was found guilty of murder Credit: West Midlands Police

A 17-year-old boy has been found guilty of murder after a 22-year-old man was stabbed to death in Bartley Green.

Alex Leonard was killed on 3 July 2017, after a minor disagreement with the then 16-year-old, which resulted in his death.

Paramedics were unable to save 22-year-old Alex and he died in hospital.

The judge at Birmingham Crown Court lifted reporting restrictions and allowed Cameron Martin-Leon, now 17, from Allwood Gardens in Bartley Green to be named.

He has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 14 years.

Alex Leonard was stabbed to death in Bartley Green last year Credit: West Midlands Police

This case has been a tragic reminder of the dangers of anyone carrying a knife.

This was a dreadful escalation of events which led to one young man losing his life while another faces a life sentence. Our thoughts are with their families who’s lives are also devastated by these tragic events."

– Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield,

The family of Alexander Leonard made the following statement on behalf of themselves and his friends:

Lives have been destroyed and families traumatised. Life as we knew it ceased to be on 3 July 2017.

"Two mothers have had their dreams and aspirations for their sons shattered and broken as are our hearts and the hearts of everyone who knew Alex. There currently seems to be an epidemic of knife crime sweeping through our communities, we are living within a culture of fear.

– Family statement