Third teen charged over Coventry child murder
We’ve charged a third teenager with the murder of Babacar Diagne, the 15-year-old boy who was fatally stabbed in Coventry a week ago today.
The 17-year-old lad was arrested from his home address in the Wood End area of the city yesterday morning and was last night charged with murder.
He is set to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court this morning (12 Feb).
Two other murder suspects – both 15-year-old boys – appeared at the same court yesterday morning also charged with murder and are set to stand before a judge at Leamington Crown Court on Thursday.
They have now been remanded into a secure youth detention facility.
As all three suspects are under 18 we are not legally allowed to name them.
A 15-year-old girl from Wood End arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder has been released on police bail to give detectives more time to assess her alleged role in the killing.
Babacar, also 15, was found collapsed on grassland off Petitor Crescent, Wood End, at around 7pm on 5 February. A post mortem examination revealed he’d been stabbed multiple times.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths is leading the investigation. He said: “We’ve made very swift progress in identifying, arresting and charging three suspects in the space of seven days.
“But our work continues as we build our case and gather evidence. We still really need to hear from anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious last Wednesday between 6-8pm around the Petitor Crescent and Riley Square of Wood End.
“Or anyone who has information about Babacar’s murder can call us in confidence.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact police via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.