Keon Lincoln: Teenage gang attack victim died from gunshot fired by 14-year-old, court told

Police at the scene in Linwood Road, Handsworth Credit: PA Images

A 15-year-old schoolboy was fatally shot outside his home by a 14-year-old gunman during a knife attack involving five masked youths, a murder trial has heard.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told five teenagers, aged between 14 and 18 and from Birmingham and Walsall, are accused of murdering 15-year-old Keon Lincoln on January 21 this year.

The 14-year-old, from Birmingham; a 16-year-old from Walsall; Kieron Donaldson, 18, of Aston Lane, Perry Barr; Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, of Oldfield Road, Balsall Heath; and Michael Ugochukwu, 18, of Twyning Road, Edgbaston, all deny murder.

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Opening the case for the Crown at the start of what is expected to be a five-week-trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC said: “The incident was captured on CCTV. It shows five people involved in the attack.

“They all wore their hoods up so their faces could not be seen.

“The CCTV shows one of the individuals had a gun and shot at Keon Lincoln twice. One of the shots hit Keon Lincoln in the stomach and caused fatal injuries.”

Mr Burrows added: "The prosecution say the gunman was … and is 14 years old.

“He is charged with murder and with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. As I understand, he disputes that he was present and was the gunman.”

The prosecutor said the CCTV footage showed the other attackers were armed with large knives, with which Keon was stabbed repeatedly.

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old accused of firing two shots to murder Keon Lincoln is alleged to have lied to police by claiming he spent part of the day logged into online school lessons.

Summarising the defendant’s claims during his opening speech to the jury, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC said: “Asked what he had done on the 21st of January, he said in the morning he was at home and had logged on to online lessons at school.

Forensic officers examine the scene in Linwood Road, Handsworth, after Keon Lincoln was stabbed and shot Credit: Matthew Cooper/PA

The “short and brutal” attack in Linwood Road, Handsworth, lasted about 30 seconds, Mr Burrows told the court, continuing even after Keon tried to get up and run away.

Mr Burrows told the jury: “He (Keon) was shot at whilst he was on the ground. Still, the group continued to attack him, stabbing and hacking at him with large knives.

“Eventually, the group ran away and got back into a white Ford S-Max and that car was driven away from the scene.”

The court heard that the vehicle, which had been stolen and was on false plates, later crashed in Wheeler Street, Birmingham, where forensic evidence including a hunting knife was recovered.

Prosecutors allege that all of the defendants except Donaldson got out of the S-Max along with a fifth male, while a sixth man remained in the car and turned it round in the street.

Donaldson, the Crown allege, had bought 10 hunting knives, two survival knives and two machetes between October 2020 and January this year and then supplied them to others.

(left to right) Pastor Neville Popo, Keon Lincoln’s mother Sharmaine and his twin sister Kiarah Credit: left to right

Mr Burrows said the prosecution could not say what the precise motive for the attack was, before telling the court: “The car they were going to use was a stolen car on false plates. When they got out of the car, they wore face masks and gloves.

“They also made sure that their phones did not betray their movements.

“Plainly, it’s obvious this attack was planned. The attackers were out together armed with weapons.

“In the case of (the 14-year-old), he was armed with a gun loaded with ammunition.

“In short, the prosecution say, when you consider all the evidence from the CCTV and phone records, it is clear that these defendants are those shown in the CCTV, and that they were all involved in the murder of Keon Lincoln.”

As well as the murder charge, the 14-year-old defendant denies possessing a handgun with intent to endanger life in the street where Keon was fatally wounded.

Breakenridge, Ugochukwu and the 16-year-old also deny unlawful possession of a knife. Neither of the juveniles can be named because of a court order.

The trial continues.