LYRICO LAY DY­ING ON MY DOORSTEP

Nottingham Post - - FRONT PAGE - By ROD MAL­COLM news­desk@not­ting­ham­post.com @Not­ting­ham_­post

A Mum-of-three re­lived the min­utes when stabbed teenager Lyrico Steede lay dy­ing on her doorstep and she di­alled 999 for help.

In a hushed and crowded court­room, she told how she came down the stairs of her home in Stock Well just be­fore 7.30pm, to re­alise some­body was out­side.

“I went to the door, I said ‘hullo,’” she told the jury of four women and eight men at Nottingham Crown Court. A voice replied qui­etly: “Help me. Phone the po­lice. I have been stabbed.”

Ques­tioned by pros­e­cu­tor Pe­ter Joyce QC, she said: “I didn’t know if some­one was try­ing to get ac­cess to my house to trick me. I didn’t be­lieve it was real.

“I un­locked my phone. I di­alled 999.” The record­ing was then played to the trial in which five young peo­ple deny the mur­der of Lyrico, who was 17.

She tells a phone op­er­a­tor: “Some­body is on my doorstep say­ing ‘I have been stabbed.’ I don’t know whether it is a joke or some­thing.

“He told me ‘phone the po­lice, I have been stabbed.’

“I am on my own with my chil­dren. It is dark out­side. I tried to look through the peep­hole. He was push­ing at the door.”

The op­er­a­tor asks: “Do you think he was try­ing to get in?”

She re­sponds: “No, he was knock­ing at the door. He is telling me he is dy­ing.”

The op­er­a­tor tells her: “Don’t open the door. We are get­ting of­fi­cers to you. Ask him what his name is.”

The woman replies: “He is telling me, ‘just help me, I am dy­ing.” He then man­ages to say that his name is Lyrico.

The woman can then be heard say­ing qui­etly: “Oh God, I hope he’s OK.”

She is told that po­lice of­fi­cers are on their way and she tells Lyrico: “They are com­ing. They will be here any sec­ond. Are you OK?”

Af­ter a few se­conds, she tells the op­er­a­tor: “He is ask­ing for wa­ter.”

Soon af­ter, she says: “Oh God, he is scream­ing now.”

Po­lice of­fi­cers then ar­rived at the scene on Fe­bru­ary 13. They were fol­lowed by a para­medic and then an am­bu­lance. Lyrico was taken to the Queen’s Med­i­cal Cen­tre where he was given emer­gency treat­ment fol­lowed by surgery. He died five days later.

Those ac­cused in­clude a girl aged 16 and two 17-year-old boys who are too young to be named. The other de­fen­dants are Kasharn Camp­bell, 19, of no fixed ad­dress, and Rem­mell Camp­bell-miller, 18, of Snein­ton Boule­vard.

The trial con­tin­ues on Mon­day.

Flo­ral tributes to Lyrico Steede, aged 17, above, who was stabbed in Bul­well

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