AN 18-YEAR-OLD teenager has today (Friday, September 25) been found guilty of killing former Premier League youth player Ramani Morgan after an argument at a house party in Coventry.
Sukhbir Singh Phull, 18 of Binley Road, Coventry, who denied murder, will be sentenced at a later date.
Sixteen-year-old former Aston Villa youth player Ramani, from Erdington, Birmingham, died as a result of a stab wound in Clay Lane in the Stoke area late at night on Saturday February 9.
Jurors heard a row broke out when one of the knifemen ‘tried it on’ with the young footballer’s girlfriend,
Phull was on trial at Warwick Crown Court with a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons. He has been found not guilty.
A passer-by alerted the emergency services after finding Ramani had collapsed due to his injuries.
Following his death Ramani Morgan’s family paid tribute to the talented young footballer’s “beautiful soul”.
A statement read: “On February 29, our child was taken away from us. This has totally broken our family. Ramani was so kind, caring, and humble and had a beautiful soul.
“He had the potential of becoming a professional footballer. Ramani had many hopes and dreams and he had his whole life ahead of him.
“Ramani was the best son, brother, grandson, nephew and cousin anyone could ever wish for.
“Ramani was loved by everyone that knew him. We would like to thank everyone for their support so far, including the police, members of public at the scene, witnesses and also our family and friends.
“We would also like to thank those that have paid tribute to our boy.
“As a family we would like to ask the public to respect our privacy at this sad time.”