A 24 year old Longbridge man has been ordered to receive psychiatric help after stabbing a man to death in Druids Heath.

Michael Foster, of Longbridge Lane, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 23 year old Oliver Smith on 26 July at Birmingham Crown Court on the grounds of diminished responsibility and loss of control.  The order means he will receive psychiatric care indefinitely and only the Home Secretary will decide whether he is ever fit to be released back into the community in the future.

23 year old Oli Smith died following a single stab wound | image copyright West Midlands Police

Father of three ‘Oli’, of Sisefield Road, Kings Norton, died when he was stabbed once in the chest in the front garden of Foster’s mother’s home on Stonehenge Croft, Druids Heath in February.

Injured, Mr Smith fled the scene on his bike before collapsing on nearby Larkhill Walk in Druids Heath where members of the public called for an ambulance. He was taken to hospital where he died a short time later.

A schizophrenia sufferer, Foster handed himself in at Kings Heath police station the following day, claiming that he had been involved in ‘something’.

When questioned, he said that his memory of the afternoon’s events was imperfect but accepted that he had a knife at the time of the attack and inflicted a serious injury on Oliver claiming that he lost control because of his illness.

Bev Wright, from Force’s Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Oliver leaves behind three very young daughters and their lives have been devastated by his death.

“His family describe him as a lovable, funny, generous, hardworking man who would help anyone and who loved his children deeply.

“Nothing will fill the void left in their lives following his death but we hope that today’s sentence will go some way to helping them overcome their terrible grief.”

Oliver’s family paid tribute to him, saying: “Oliver was a loving father and son, tragically taken from us. He will always be missed and never forgotten.”

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