Zimbabwean Walsall teenager Ben Morutare killed by single stab wound
THE teenager killed during violence outside a Smethwick club died from a single stab-wound to the leg, a post mortem has revealed. Ben Morutare, aged 16, was found fatally injured in the early hours of Saturday on a grassed area 200 yards from Smethwick Home Guard and Old Comrades Club.
He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he died later. Det Insp Gary Plant, from force CID, said: “We do not underestimate the devastating impact the death of this young man will have on his family and the local community.
“We will do everything within our power to establish how Ben died. Officers continue to conduct house to house enquiries and part of the area around the club is still currently cordoned off.”
Police had been called to the club 45 minutes before Ben’s death following reports of a disturbance.
Officers went there at 12.45am on Saturday after claims there was trouble at an 18th birthday party being held in the function room. They left after being reassured by doorstaff problems had been resolved.
But they were called back to the area at 1.30am following reports of a disturbance – and found Ben, from Walsall, fatally injured.
A teenage girl, laying floral tributes at the scene, told the Birmingham Mail Ben had been trying to rescue a friend caught-up in trouble. She believed Ben had just left school and was studying at Alumwell Business and Enterprise College, Walsall. There were around 230 people at the 18th birthday bash. It is not known whether Ben attended the event.