Mu­sic video ‘mir­rored knife killing of teenager’

PROS­E­CU­TION IN LYRICO CASE CLAIMS TEENAGER WAS STABBED IN TWO PHASES

Nottingham Post - - NEWS - By ROD MAL­COLM news­[email protected]­ting­ham­post.com

A MUR­DER jury heard that a mu­sic video mir­rored the knife killing of teenager Lyrico Steede, who was chased from a Bul­well park.

The lyrics were out­lined as the pros­e­cu­tion summed up its case against four youths ac­cused of the at­tack and a girl al­leged to have lured the 17-yearold to his death.

QC Pe­ter Joyce, pros­e­cut­ing, said two lines read: “Run him down un­til brother can’t breathe. “Some­one go­ing to get Ram­boed up.” He said that was a ref­er­ence to chas­ing their quarry and us­ing a Rambo knife to stab him.

The video goes on to men­tion putting some­one in “a shirt and in the ground.” Mr Joyce said “shirt” meant “shroud” and ground was a “grave.”

Mr Joyce said there was clear ev­i­dence that two youths reached Lyrico first, stabbed him and ran off. Then, he al­leged, he was stabbed again as the se­cond pair promptly ar­rived.

The stab­bing took place on Fe­bru­ary 13. Lyrico died five days later in the QMC af­ter suf­fer­ing sev­eral wounds.

Mr Joyce re­ferred to a cou­ple who were out walk­ing their el­derly dog. They thought they had wit­nessed a fight but were later shocked to re­alise it was a stab­bing.

The woman no­ticed the se­cond pair ap­proach Lyrico, who was ly­ing on the ground.

She no­ticed “el­bows go back­wards and for­wards”.

Mr Joyce told the jury: “There was no bruis­ing to Lyrico, no sign of punches or kick­ing. There were knife wounds. They wanted their three-pen­ny­worth. They joined in.”

The five who deny mur­der in­clude Ke­sharn Camp­bell, 19, of no fixed ad­dress; trainee plas­terer Chris­tian Jame­son, 18, of Kirk­bride Court, Chilwell; Rem­mell Camp­bell-miller, 18, of Snein­ton Boule­vard.

The other two who plead not guilty are the 16-year-old girl and a boy aged 17. Both are too young to be named in pub­lic.

Mr Joyce said the girl played a key role in get­ting Lyrico to the park where he could be found by the four. She asked him to use his mo­bile phone as a torch, “light­ing him up like a bea­con”.

Re­fer­ring to her ev­i­dence from the wit­ness box, Mr Joyce told the jury: “You saw how cool and cold she may have ap­peared.”

He added: “They didn’t get him in the play­ground, they chased him 600 or 700 yards, caught him and stabbed him.

“How they must have hated him.” QC John But­ter­field, who de­fends the girl, said there was no ev­i­dence to es­tab­lish her link with the at­tack, say­ing the pros­e­cu­tion case was “smoke and mir­rors.”

He added: “It needs ev­i­dence, not hot air.”

Mr But­ter­field con­tin­ues his de­fence speech on Mon­day, fol­lowed by QCS for the other four.

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