Two boys aged just 12 appeared in court today accused of stabbing a man to death near a primary school and possession of a machete.
Shawn Seesahai died at the scene after being attacked while with friends on open land beside Stowlawn Primary School in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, police said.
Yesterday the boys peered over the wooden base of the glass-fronted dock as they listened to district judge Graham Wilkinson.
The judge said Mr Seesahai died after a ‘confrontation’ in a park on Monday night, adding that the victim ‘appears to have done nothing’.
The judge was told the defendants were accused of ‘jointly’ murdering 19-year-old Mr Seesahai.
Shawn Seesahai, a 19-year-old from Anguilla, was stabbed to death in Bilston, Wolverhampton, on Monday night
Police at the scene, where teenager Shawn Seesahai was stabbed to death in Bilston, Wolverhampton on November 14
Solicitors for both defendants said their clients each intended to deny the murder charge.
One of the youths wore a blue hoodie while the other appeared in a maroon and burgundy zip-up jumper. The pair nodded when asked if they could hear proceedings in the secure dock.
One of the boys was seen rubbing his eyes as they were addressed by the judge during the ten minute appearance.
They spoke only to confirm their names and addresses.
The boys, who cannot be identified because of their age, have also been charged with possessing a bladed weapon – the machete – in Stowlawn Park on the same day.
Wolverhampton Youth Court, sitting at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court, was told Mr Seesahai died just seven months after he had moved to the UK. No relatives for the victim were in court.
At the end of the hearing, District Judge Wilkinson told the two boys to ‘go with the nice officer now’ as he remanded them into youth detention, to appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court on Monday.
As the boys were escorted down to the cells by three dock officers, they each waved at relatives in the public gallery.
They defendants arrested at their home addresses on Tuesday night and were charged last night after detectives sought a warrant of further detention from court.
A police tent set up in Stowlawn Playing Fields, Bilston, after the stabbing of Shawn Seesahai
The teenager was described as a ‘much-loved young man’ by heartbroken family members
Earlier on Thursday, Mr Seesahai’s heartbroken mother had paid tribute to the ‘courageous, compassionate and confident young soul’.
In a statement issued through police, the grieving mother, who was not named, said her son was ‘looking forward to accomplish many future plans and ambitions.’
She added: ‘He cared dearly about his family and friends and he absolutely loved to help people.
‘He was a generous person and had a good personality.
‘We will always have him in our hearts.’
Emergency services were called to Laburnum Road shortly before 8:30pm on the night of the murder, but nothing could be done to save Mr Seesahai and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Earlier this week, residents spoke of their shock at the news children as young as 12 had been arrested over the murder.
One homeowner in Laburnum Road, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was obvious something major had gone on. There were so many sirens. There’s always kids hanging about up there but nothing like this has ever happened. ‘I’ve no idea what it was all over, but it’s terrifying something like this so close to home. ‘To learn two young boys have been arrested is just utterly shocking. They are just babies really.’
Another local, who wished to remain anonymous, added: ‘I’m 80 now and lived here all my life. It’s got worse and worse over the years. To hear children might be involved is terrible.’
Two 12-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of his murder and appeared have since appeared in court
A police officer stands guard at a cordon close to the scene where Mr Seesahai was stabbed to death
West Midlands Police has urged any witnesses who were in the area from between 6pm and 10pm to get in touch.
Officers were seen conducting door-to-door enquiries, speaking to witnesses and trawling CCTV from around the area.
Mr Seesahai died a week after two other teenagers died following a shooting in Ladywood, Birmingham, 17 miles from Wolverhampton.
Diego Henry, 16, was found with a gunshot wound at an address at 12.30pm on November 5 and died two days later. During the course of the police investigation, officers searching shrubs beside a nearby canal discovered the body of 17-year-old Jaydon Beckford. A gun was also recovered in the same area.
West Midlands Police said they were linking the two Ladywood deaths but an initial post mortem examination had failed to establish how Jaydon died.
A 17-year-old boy who was arrested on suspicion of Diego’s murder was later bailed.
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