8th Dec, 2016

Tobijah Thompson guilty of murder of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood

Coventry Editorial 15th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A JURY has found Tobijah Thompson guilty of the murder of Coventry teenager Daniel Kirkwood by a unanimous verdict.

He faces life imprisonment for Daniel’s murder outside a Coventry nightclub when sentenced next month.

Also found guilty of wounding with intent at Warwick Crown Court today was Niall Kavanagh, and of assaulting Christopher O’Brien during violent disorder at Society nightclub in Coventry, and possessing a bladed article.

Zaker Khan, 25, of Belchers Lane, Small Heath, was found not guilty of assaulting Mr O’Brien.

The jury was told it could return majority vardicts on Thompson on charges of wounding Nigel Mkhwananzi with intent and Khan on violent disorder.

Thompson, (25) who divided his time between his sister’s home in Bearwood, Birmingham, and an address in Towpath Close, Bedworth, was also found guilty of wounding Mr Mkhwananzi with intent.

Others also to be dealt with for their parts in the incident include Ramez Murtaza, who pleaded guilty during the trial to manslaughter.

Zaker Khan, (25) of Belchers Lane, Small Heath, was found not guilty of the only remaining charge against him of violent disorder.

The defence had claimed the prosecution had not proved Thompson had a knife or used it against the victims.

Daniel was just 18 years old when he died after being stabbed in the neck during the incident at Society nightclub in Coventry in March last year.

Four other men accused of sharing Thompson’s ‘murderous intent’ had been jointly charged with the murder of Daniel, who was out celebrating a friend’s birthday.