West Midlands Police have charged an 18 year old man from Northfield with the murder of Joshua Ribera in Selly Oak on Friday.
Armani Mitchell of The Green in Northfield handed himself in at Dudley police station on Saturday. He has been questioned by police since and was last night (23rd September) charged with fatally stabbing Joshua.
Joshua aka Depzman died hours after being stabbed on Friday night after a fundraising event at TC’s in Selly Oak. The fundraising event was to raise money for a headstone for the grave of Bartley Green teenager Kyle Sheehan, who died last September after being stabbed.
Mitchell was remanded in custody at a short hearing at Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning. He will have a preliminary hearing at Birmingham Crown Court on Thursday.
Another 18-year-old, from Edgbaston, also arrested over Joshua’s death has been released on conditional bail whilst enquiries continue.
Detectives are still keen to hear from anyone who was at TCs on Friday night or who witnessed the stabbing.
Detective Inspector Gary Plant, who is leading the investigation, said: “We know there were a lot of people at the fundraising event on Friday and Joshua was very popular among his friends and was a well-known rising music star.
“There are still a number of people who were there on Friday who haven’t yet spoken to police. I would urge anyone who saw anything to come forward and talk to us as soon as possible.
“A lot of Joshua’s friends were at the function and someone may have a vital piece of information about what happened.”
Anyone who can assist the police investigation should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
For the facts on knife crime in the West Midlands visit:www.west-midlands.police.uk/crime-reduction/violence/knife-crime/index.asp