Smethwick Murder: Seventh Arrest

Ben Morutare

Seventh teen arrested on suspicion of murder after a 16 year old was killed in Smethwick.

A seventh teenager has been arrested by detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Ben Morutare outside a Smethwick club.

The 18-year-old, from Ladywood, handed himself in to Bloxwich police station on Friday afternoon (August 3) after travelling from London.

Along with six others  a 19-year-old from Dudley, an 18-year-old from West Brom, three Birmingham teens aged 18, 18 and 17, plus an 18-year-old of no fixed address  he has been bailed till a date in September pending further enquiries.

All seven are subject to strict bail conditions including an overnight, electronically-tagged curfew (9pm-8am) at specified addresses and daily reporting to police stations.

Ben Morutare was stabbed in the leg during a disturbance outside the Smethwick Home Guard & Old Comrades Club in the early hours of Saturday 28 July and later died in hospital.

Detective Chief Inspector Bob Hazel, who is leading the murder inquiry, stressed that the investigation is still on-going and has urged more witnesses, or anyone with information, to contact his CID team.

He said: “We’ve spoken to a number of people who were at a party at the club on the night but we believe there are many more who may have seen something and have not yet been in touch.

“People may have taken pictures during the night, or recorded the fight which broke out outside on their mobile phones and we now ask them to do the right thing and contact us to pass this on.

“Any information, or footage, could prove vital in helping us bring the people responsible for Ben’s death to justice.”

Anyone with information can contact Force CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.

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