Teenager jailed for murdering aspiring footballer in ‘unwarranted and vicious’ attack
Written by on 9 October 2020
A teenager who stabbed an aspiring footballer to death outside a house party has been sentenced to at least 17 years in jail.
Sukhbir Phull, 18, was convicted last month of the murder of 16-year-old Ramani Morgan, a former Aston Villa academy player.
Mr Morgan died in hospital after he was stabbed four times, including suffering a wound to his heart, in the Stoke area of Coventry.
The victim, from Erdington in Birmingham, was attacked less than half an hour after arriving at the party.
He was found collapsed in a nearby lane.
At Warwick Crown Court, Judge Andrew Lockhart QC described the 29 February attack as “wholly unwarranted and vicious”, stating that Phull, from Coventry, had shown “not one shred of regret”.
He said: “You carried a knife because you thought it was a good idea and because you would be able to readily resort to its use with lethal force should you deem it necessary.
“You were so disinhibited that you were more likely to get angry at the smallest perceived slight.
“This was to be an attack… where you knew you held, ready to deploy if needed, a huge lethal knife.”
The judge said the case was aggravated by the fact that Phull – who was not invited to the party – had drunk spirits and taken cannabis before deciding to attack Ramani.
He told the court: “This was an anticipated knife attack on a man you had picked a fight with. He was immediately compromised and notwithstanding that you chased him.
“You did not give evidence. This court has heard not one word from you to justify or explain why you carried and used a lethal weapon.”
Following Phull’s conviction, Mr Morgan’s family said: “In reality justice cannot be done in this case.
“No sentence will ever be enough and nothing can bring Ramani back or ease our pain.”