Keon Lincoln death: Gunman, 14, and three teenagers found guilty of murdering 15-year-old schoolboy

A 14-year-old gunman and three other teenagers aged between 16 and 18 have been found guilty of murdering schoolboy Keon Lincoln.

The gunman, who cannot be named because of a court order, told jurors he was not at the murder scene but admitted he had lied to police

Jurors convicted the 14-year-old of murder on Thursday and returned a guilty verdict on the same charge against a youth aged 16, from Walsall.

The 16-year-old was caught on CCTV armed with a large knife as Keon was attacked near his home in Linwood Road, Handsworth, in January this year.

Tahjgeem Breakenridge, 18, from Balsall Heath; and Michael Ugochukwu, 18, of Edgbaston, were also found guilty of murder after 15 hours and 50 minutes of deliberations across four days.

Tahjgeem Breakenridge (left) and Michael Ugochukwu (right) were found guilty of murder on Thursday Credit: West Midlands Police

The 14-year-old was also convicted of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life while the 16-year-old, Breakenridge and Ugochukwu were all convicted of having an offensive weapon.

Keon Lincoln died at the age of 15 after he was stabbed multiple times and shot by a group of youths on Linwood Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, on January 21, 2021.

The trial was told Breakenridge, of Oldfield Road, Balsall Heath; Ugochukwu, of Twyning Road, Edgbaston, and the youth from Walsall were all caught on CCTV armed with long-bladed knives.

Donaldson, of Aston Lane, Perry Barr, is alleged to have “helped and supplied weapons” for the pre-planned attack.

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

Opening the case for the Crown at the start of the trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows QC said a Ford S-Max, which had been stolen and had a false registration plate, was used by those who attacked Keon.

The vehicle later crashed in Wheeler Street, Birmingham, where forensic evidence including a hunting knife was recovered.

The four defendants convicted of murder were all remanded in custody by trial judge Lord Justice William Davis until a sentencing hearing on November 29.

Jurors will resume their deliberations on Friday on a charge of murder against a fifth defendant, 18-year-old Kieron Donaldson, who denies murder.