A man has been jailed for his part in violence outside a Coventry nightclub that left a young man dead.
Atikou Diallo, from Lower Holyhead Road in Coventry, was among a group of up to 17 people who rounded on a man outside Club M in the early hours of 1 September.
The 24-year-old suffered a stab wound to his abdomen – which severed an artery – and later told a West Midlands Police officer who found him collapsed in the street “I’m dying”.
Despite the victim suffering life threatening injuries he ran half a mile from Club M in Hertford Place in a desperate bid to escape Diallo and other members of the mob.
He was caught in Queen Victoria Road where 24-year-old Diallo is shown on CCTV viciously beating the clubber, at one stage kicking him in the head, before callously stealing his phone as he lay critically injured.
West Midlands Police officers detained Diallo in City Arcadian minutes after the stabbing.
Coventry man Fidel Glasgow, aged 21, the grandson of Specials star Neville Staple, was also stabbed during the fight in Hertford Place and sadly died in hospital later that day.
Diallo initially claimed he’d come across the injured man in the street and was playing the role of Good Samaritan by offering first aid.
However, officers found him in possession of the stolen phone and CCTV clearly showed him wearing a distinctive white hooded top with the word ‘COBRA’ emblazoned on the back while attacking his victim.
He refused to answer questions in police interview but was charged with violent disorder and robbery – and at Birmingham Crown Court today (19 Feb) he was jailed for four years for violent disorder and 18 months for robbery. The sentences run concurrently.
West Midlands Police Sergeant Ian Comfort, from the Homicide Unit, said: “Diallo was among a large group who acted like a pack of wolves in surrounding and attacking the victim. The resulting melee ended in the murder of Fidel Glasgow and very nearly cost this man his life as well.
“It’s unclear what sparked the disorder. We don’t believe there was trouble in Club M but CCTV outside shows a row erupt at around 5.20am during which Diallo punches the victim before he and others surround him.
“It’s at this stage he is stabbed and also when Fidel suffers fatal knife injuries.
“We have a team of detectives working tirelessly to get to the bottom of what happened that morning and bring those responsible to justice. I am confident that Diallo is just the first of many who will face justice for their part in this shocking violent episode.”
In December, West Midlands Police issued a renewed appeal for information into the murder of Fidel Glasgow alongside some of his family members.
It resulted in new information being fed into the investigation team and enquiries continue.
Information can be given to the Homicide Team via Live Chat on our website between 8am and midnight at west-midlands.police.uk, ring 101 anytime or email OpForsten@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk.
Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111; callers won’t be asked their name and calls cannot be traced.