09 September 2020 00:34
Zephaniah McLeod, 27, will appear at the city's magistrates' court on Wednesday following the string of knife attacks which left 23-year-old Jacob Billington dead. West Midlands Police declared a major incident after Mr Billington and seven others were stabbed during the rampage in the early hours of Sunday. Suzanne Llewellyn, deputy chief crown prosecutor of Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) West Midlands, said: "Following an incident in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of September 6 2020, the CPS has authorised West Midlands Police to charge Zephaniah McLeod with one count of murder and seven counts of attempted murder. Zephaniah McLeod, 27, has been charged with murder and seven counts of attempted murder following the incidents, West Midlands Police said. He will appear at the city's magistrates' court on Wednesday following knife attacks which resulted in the death of Jacob Billington on Sunday.
The force declared a major incident after Mr Billington was killed and seven other people were stabbed during a rampage in the city centre spanning some 90 minutes. A police statement said: 'We've charged a man with the murder of Jacob Billington (pictured), who was one of eight people stabbed in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday' A police spokesperson said: 'We've charged a man with the murder of Jacob Billington, who was one of eight people stabbed in Birmingham city centre in the early hours of Sunday. 'Zephaniah McLeod, 27, of Selly Oak, Birmingham, is also accused of the attempted murder of the seven other victims of the knife attacks. The police statement said a post mortem examination concluded that Mr Billington died as a result of a stab wound to the neck. West Midlands Police arrested a man at a house in Selly Oak, Birmingham in a dramatic dawn raid earlier this week A 23-year-old man, who was seriously injured in Irving Street, remains in hospital in a critical condition.
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