Two Sheffield teenagers jailed for life over brutal slaying of dad stabbed to death at party

Two Sheffield teenagers jailed for life over brutal slaying of dad stabbed to death at party

Two 18-year-old men have been given life sentences over the killing of a dad-of-two stabbed to death during a brawl outside a Sheffield house party.

Marcus Ramsay was stabbed in the heart as he tried to break up a fight involving two members of his family at around 12.30am on August 8, 2020.

Ruben Moreno, 18, was convicted of the 35-year-old’s murder while Isaac Ramsey, 18, was convicted of manslaughter following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

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Ramsey was acquitted of wounding with intent in relation to the deceased’s cousin Shakeel Jabbaar.

The defendants were both found guilty of attempted wounding with intent in relation to Mr Ramsay’s half-brother Montell Williams.

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Before the trial, Moreno had pleaded guilty to having a knife.

Ramsey was also found guilty of wounding with intent in relation to a separate stabbing on December 20, 2019, which happened moments after a car crash he had been involved in.

Moreno, of Aldfield Way, Sheffield, was sentenced to detention for life with a minimum term of 18 years and Ramsey, of Valiant Gardens, Sprotbrough, Doncaster, was detained for life with a minimum term of 14 years.

The trial

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The two groups had been at a party in Horninglow Road, Firth Park, organised by a DJ when violence erupted shortly after midnight.

Prosecutor David Brooke QC told jurors : “In the middle of this confrontation, we see on CCTV, that Marcus Ramsay came down the street towards where this was happening, and we see him trying to pull Montell Williams, his half-brother back.

“There were witnesses around. They say Isaac Ramsey was holding a knife.

“You will see when we watch the CCTV in particular Isaac Ramsey gesturing towards Montell Williams and Marcus Ramsay and you can also see on the video Ruben Moreno was stood next to Isaac Ramsey with his hand poised and ready on his right hip where he also had a knife.”

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Mr Brooke said the “trigger” was Mr Williams throwing a bottle at the two teenagers, prompting the pair to run across the street – as Moreno held a knife in his right hand.

He said: “Montell Williams ran away up the street, he got away from them. But when Marcus Ramsay tried to intervene, Ruben Moreno, with his knife, stabbed him to death with that blow.”

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The defendants ran away in separate directions and a knife was found with Mr Ramsay’s blood on the handle.

Jurors were told a second knife, which the prosecution say was left under a car in the street, was found with Mr Jabbaar’s DNA on its tip.

By 1.20am, Mr Ramsay was at the Northern General Hospital where he was declared dead by medics, having suffered a single blow to his heart.

Mr Brooke said: “Both defendants went on the run and neither was arrested until some weeks later. When they were finally arrested, they were interviewed but both made no comments to any questions.”

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