29th Jun, 2022

Man jailed for role in Coventry brawl which left Fidel Glasgow, 21, dead

A MAN has been jailed for his part in a violent Coventry melee connected to the fatal stabbing of Fidel Glasgow, 21, which left another man with life-threatening injuries.

Atikou Diallo, from Lower Holyhead Road, Coventry, was jailed for four years for violent disorder and 18 months for robbery at Birmingham Crown Court.

The sentences run concurrently.

He was among a group of up to 17 people who rounded on a 24-year-old man outside Club M in the early hours of September 1.

The man suffered a stab wound to his abdomen – which severed an artery.

He later told a West Midlands Police officer who found him collapsed in the street: “I’m dying.”

Despite the victim suffering life-threatening injuries, he ran half a mile from Club M in Hertford Place in a desperate bid to escape Diallo and other members of the mob.

They caught up with him in Queen Victoria Road where Diallo, also 24, is shown on CCTV viciously beating the victim, at one stage kicking him in the head, before callously stealing his phone as he lay critically injured.

West Midlands Police officers detained Diallo in City Arcadian minutes after the stabbing.

Coventry man Fidel Glasgow, the grandson of Neville Staple – a member of legendary Coventry band The Specials – was also stabbed during the fight in Hertford Place and died in hospital later that day.

Diallo initially claimed he’d come across the wounded 24-year-old in the street and was playing the role of Good Samaritan by offering first aid.

However, police found him in possession of the stolen phone and CCTV clearly showed him wearing a distinctive white hooded top with the word ‘COBRA’ emblazoned on the back while attacking his victim.

West Midlands Police sergeant Ian Comfort, from the Homicide Unit, said: “Diallo was among a large group who acted like a pack of wolves in surrounding and attacking the victim.

“The resulting melee ended in the murder of Fidel Glasgow and very nearly cost this man his life as well.

“It’s unclear what sparked the disorder. We don’t believe there was trouble in Club M but CCTV outside shows a row erupt at around 5.20am during which Diallo punches the victim before he and others surround him.

“It’s at this stage he is stabbed and also when Fidel suffers fatal knife injuries.

“We have a team of detectives working tirelessly to get to the bottom of what happened that morning and bring those responsible to justice.

“I am confident that Diallo is just the first of many who will face justice for their part in this shocking violent episode.”

In December, West Midlands Police issued a renewed appeal for information into the murder of Fidel Glasgow alongside some of his family members.

It resulted in new information being fed into the investigation team and enquiries continue.

Information can be given to the Homicide Team via Live Chat between 8am and midnight at west-midlands.police.uk, by calling 101 anytime, by emailing OpForsten@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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