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Two teenage boys in court charged with murder of schoolboy Dea-John Reid

Dea-John Reid was fatally stabbed in Birmingham on May 31
Dea-John Reid was fatally stabbed in Birmingham on May 31 (Picture: PA/SWNS)

Two teenage boys have appeared in court charged with the murder of 14-year-old Dea-John Reid.

The schoolboy was fatally stabbed in Birmingham at around 7.30pm on May 31.

A 14-year-old boy from Wolverhampton and a 16-year-old from Great Barr appeared in custody at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today, after being charged by police at the weekend.

Another 14-year-old boy and two men, aged 35 and 38, have already appeared in court and been remanded in custody.

Dea-John died after the incident in College Road in the Kingstanding area of the city.

In a 12-minute hearing, the two boys in court today appeared separately before district judge Shamim Qureshi.

Caption correction - please note the name of the deceased is Dea-John Read, apologies. People attending a candle light vigil for Dea-John Reid at the spot where he died after he was fatally stabbed on College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham on Bank Holiday Monday. 06/06/2021
A candlelight vigil for Dea-John Reid at the spot where he died (Picture: SWNS)

The older youth wore a grey hooded top, black cargo-style trousers and a black face mask.

Flanked by dock officers, he stood and spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address, blinking repeatedly as the murder charge was read to him, before looking at the floor.

The younger boy, who also cannot be named, wore a white face mask and a grey tracksuit and looked around the courtroom as he was led up the steps from the cells by two security officers.

The 16-year-old also faces a separate charge of possession of an offensive weapon, on the day Dea-John was killed.

Judge Qureshi told both teenagers the charge is so serious that their case would be sent immediately to the city’s Crown Court, where others charged in connection with the murder are set to appear on Tuesday.

The judge told them: ‘I have to remand you into youth detention accommodation.

‘You’re appearing in the Youth Court today, in Birmingham, and this case has to appear at Crown Court, and you’ll be produced there tomorrow morning, at Birmingham.’

It means five people have now been charged in connection with Dea-John’s death.

Detectives have said the investigation has been ‘fast-paced’. They are currently not seeking anyone else in connection with the killing.

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