Detectives released 9 images of potential witnesses they wanted to speak with earlier this month and yesterday released 10th image. Police stress that they are interested in speaking to those in the images as potential witnesses, not suspects.
Grime rap musician Joshua Ribera, aka Depzman, died when he was fatally stabbed outside TCs nightclub in Selly Oak on 20th September. The 18 year old had been attending a fundraising memorial event for his friend, Bartley Green teen Kyle Sheehan, aka Shamz, who was fatally stabbed 12 months earlier.
Armani Mitchell, 18 from The Green, Northfield, has been charged with the murder of Joshua Ribera and another 18 year old man from Edgbaston is currently on bail pending further enquiries. Police are appealing for people to come forward to help them piece together exactly what happened on the night of 20th September 2013.
Detective Inspector Gary Plant, from Force CID, said: “I want to be really clear that these people we’re looking for are being treated as witnesses and not suspects − we need to speak to them about what they saw on the night Joshua died.
“It’s vitally important that we talk to as many people as possible in order to fully establish the circumstances of this young man’s death. There was a good response to the appeal we issued earlier this month and I’m hoping for a similar response this time.”
Joshua’s mum, Alison Cope, appealed directly to those in the images to come forward, as part of the appeal earlier in November. She said: “I would like to personally ask all the people shown in the images today to spend a moment imagining someone had killed you, broke your mother’s heart and the hearts of your family and friends.
“Would you want people to come forward for you and for your mother? Yes you would. Don’t be seen as the person who didn’t help put the pieces together in this investigation. You might feel the information you have isn’t important, but it is and I need you to help me. So please, contact the police.”
Anyone who can assist the police investigation should call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.