An award-winning rapper has been cleared of engaging in violent disorder during a fight in which his friend Fidel Glasgow – the grandson of Specials legend Neville Staples – was stabbed to death. Pa Salieu was however convicted of possessing a bottle as an offensive weapon at Warwick Crown Court.
The 24-year-old, appearing in court under his full name Pa Gaye, had already admitted a second count of violent disorder relating to an attack on a man shortly after the scuffle in which Fidel Glasgow was fatally stabbed. The Coventry-based artist, who has been named BBC’s Sound of 2021, will be sentenced to a date yet to be set.
Eight other men were convicted of possession of offensive weapons and violent disturbances which broke out in Coventry city centre. Fidel, 21, was stabbed near Club M on Croft Road in the early hours of September 1, 2018 and died in hospital hours later. No one has yet been charged with his murder.
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The court heard the charges against the defendants did not stem from the 21-year-old’s death. They were accused of chasing and cornering a 23-year-old man during violence outside a Coventry bar in 2018. He was taken to hospital with serious injuries from which he has since recovered . However, the man has now left the country and is nowhere to be found. Consequently, the charges against him were withdrawn.
A Leamington Justice Center jury today (March 25) returned a verdict at the trial of the following:
- Pa Gaye, 24, of Harnalls Lane East, Stoke – acquitted of violent disorder, but guilty of possession of an offensive weapon, the defendant had already pleaded one count of violent disorder at a previous hearing
- Michael Mistouflet, 25, of James Galloway Close – guilty of violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon, the defendant had already pleaded one count of violent disorder at a previous hearing
- Adil Naseer, 25, of Park Street, Foleshill – acquitted of violent disorder, but the defendant had pleaded guilty to another count of violent disorder at a previous hearing
- Meidel Dange, 25, from Hornsey Close, Wood End – acquitted of violent disorder
The following six men had pleaded guilty in previous hearings to the following charges:
- Brian Kamau, 33 of Chandos Street – violent disorder (pleaded guilty on day one of trial)
- Brendon Gama, 24, from The Coppice, Stoke – violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon
- Jiguael Botamba, 22, of Little Duke Street, Nuneaton – violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon
- Mohammed Amadu, 21, of Walsgrave Road, Ball Hill – violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon
- Andrea Boadi, 22, of Lansdowne Street, Ball Hill – violent disorder
- Harrison Asiedu, 29, from North Street, Stoke – violent disorder
They will all be sentenced later.
Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘We are still actively investigating Fidel’s murder and are staying in contact with his family to keep them fully informed of developments. While these convictions are unrelated to the attack on Fidel, we dearly wish someone would account for his death and we will follow up on any new leads. We continue to ask anyone with information, no matter how insignificant, to come forward.”
Anyone with information should contact officers via live chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or email [email protected]. Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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