15-year-old boy sentenced after playing lead role in ‘reckless’ Star City brawl

A 15-year-old boy has been sentenced to 18 months detention after playing a leading role in last year’s Star City brawl.

He’d armed himself with a machete and swung it at a rival’s head during the disorder in Birmingham in November last year. 

The boy, who was 14 at the time and cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to attempted wounding and possession of a bladed article at a previous hearing.

Speaking at his sentencing today (14th July), Judge Avik Mukherjee said the incident "could have become much more unwieldy and out of control”.

Police were called to reports of people with machetes at the complex. Credit: PA

Birmingham Crown Court was told how a dispute broke out between two groups on November 23rd.

It involved up to 100 young people aged between 12 and 16. 

The gathering happened around the same time as others in the country.

They followed the release of the film Blue Story, with Judge Mukherjee noting how there was “significant public disorder in some cities across the UK” that coincided with the release.

Vue Cinemas, which is based at the Star City complex, decided to pull the film following 25 incidents at 16 cinemas.

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