Music video ‘mirrored knife killing of teenager’
PROSECUTION IN LYRICO CASE CLAIMS TEENAGER WAS STABBED IN TWO PHASES
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.