Two brothers handed life sentences for Amin Talea murder in Kings Norton

Both brothers were jailed for life on Friday at Birmingham Crown Court

Two brothers who ambushed and stabbed a man to death in Birmingham have both been jailed for life with a minimum of 24 years

Mohammed Farouk and his younger brother Ridhwaan killed Amin Talea, but the motive remains a mystery.

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Mr Talea, aged 20, was stabbed on Longfellow Road at around 9.20pm on 1 October last year. He was ambushed by the brothers and stabbed as he approached friends in their car outside.

Ridhwaan Farouk, 19, (top left) and his older brother Mohammed, 21, (bottom left) murdered Amin Talea (right) after lying in wait for him to leave his home

He collapsed in nearby Middleton Hall Road where two passers-by called an ambulance for him.

He was taken to hospital but died hours later.

The following day, Ridhwaan asked his manager to drive past Middleton Hall Road as she was giving him a lift to work.

She had been made aware by social media that there had been an incident there the previous evening.

Ridhwaan admitted to her that he and his brother had been there and it had been his ‘brother’s beef’. He admitted lying in wait for the victim to come out of his flat, but was shocked when she told him the victim had died.

His manager told a colleague about the conversation who phoned the police and Ridhwaan was arrested.

Mobile phone analysis placed both men at the scene, and Mohammed Farouk was arrested a few days after the killing.

Ridhwaan, of Shenley Lane, Northfield, and Mohammed, 21, of Bilbrook Grove, Bartley Green, denied murder, but were found guilty after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednsday (27 April).

What did police say following setencing?

Det Insp Ade George, who led the investigation, said: “We don’t know which of the brothers stabbed Mr Talea, or why, but sadly this is another example of the devastating impact that knife crime has on families and communities.

“Our thoughts remain with Mr Talea’s family today.”

His family said today: “I want to thank West Midlands Police for all of their hard work and effort in this investigation.

They managed to bring justice for my son who I will forever love and remember and have been nothing but caring and helpful since the first day.

“I would also like to thank the Court for their determination to bring my family peace.

“I hope justice will be served for my beautiful son. I know he will be at peace after this. I pray that nothing like this happens to anyone else.”

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