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Man guilty of killing Birmingham father-of-four is sentenced – Birmingham

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A man found guilty of stabbing a Birmingham father-of-four to death was today sentenced. 

Alaeldien Ahmed, aged 27 and of Eva Road, Birmingham, appeared before Birmingham Crown Court today (09/03) where the judge handed him a hospital order. 

Last month Ahmed was found guilty by jury of manslaughter by means of diminished responsibility. 

At approximately 4.40pm on Friday 31 March last year, the 27-year-old walked from his property in Winson Green towards Soho Benson Road Tram Stop. His victim, 57-year-old Anthony Banting had just left a tram and was walking towards the exit. 

Mr Banting, who was on his way to meet his son at a local pub, was then approached by Ahmed and stabbed multiple times. 

Ahmed fled the scene and a member of the public came across Mr Banting. Emergency services were called and paramedics worked tirelessly to save him. However, despite their best efforts he sadly died at the scene.

Ahmed was arrested at his house on Eva Road seven days after he had killed Mr Banting. Having trawled through CCTV, officers conducted multiple house to house enquiries near the defendant’s address. 

When they knocked on his door, a resident identified Ahmed as the suspect wanted in connection with the offence and he was arrested. 

After a painstaking investigation by BTP detectives, forensic evidence placed Ahmed at the scene after the victim’s blood was found on both of his shoes. 
Today, the Judge told Ahmed he will serve a hospital order until he is deemed fit for prison. At which point he will serve a life sentence with a mimum of 12 years. 

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley from BTP, said: “This was a vicious, prolonged and totally unprovoked assault. Mr Banting was stabbed more than 50 times; he was defenceless and had no way of predicting the violence he was about to be subjected to. 

“Mr Banting was a loving father to his four sons. Throughout this whole process I have been overwhelmed by their strength and the love and support they have shown each other.  Their lives have been ripped apart by Ahmed’s senseless actions. 

“Nothing can be done to replace their loss, but I hope today’s sentence brings them all some degree of comfort knowing that Ahmed cannot cause any more harm. 

“The hospital order and custodial sentence is the right sentence for Ahmed. He is now off the street, unable to inflict such a devastating loss on another family.”

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