Three teenagers have been charged with murder after a 16-year-old died following a stabbing in Preston.
Sarmad Al-Saidi suffered knife injuries to his chest and legs at a house in Chatham Place, Lancashire, at around 5.45pm on December 23. He was then rushed to hospital, where he spent four days fighting for his life in intensive care, before he died on December 27.
Jamie Dixon, 18, of Clayton Avenue, Leyland, and two boys aged 16 and 17, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with his murder, Lancashire Police confirmed.
The three were then remanded into custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.
A man, 20, and a woman, 28, both from Preston, and a woman, 36, from Leyland, had also been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, but have since been released under investigation.
Sarmad’s friends have since paid tribute to him on social media, with one describing the teenager as a ‘nice kid’ in a post, The Sun reports.
Another wrote: ‘What a sad day and a day of grief for us. Today we have lost one of our youth who had the full life to live ahead of him only at the age of 16 he left us and departed to his Lord.
‘It is heartbreaking to see his parents go through such tragedy, a mother seeing her baby boy’s dead body, a father going to bury his young son.’
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Wilson said: ‘This incident has resulted in a young man losing his life and my thoughts are very much with Sarmad’s family and friends at this incredibly difficult time.
‘Sarmad’s family have been supported by specially-trained officers throughout this investigation and that will continue.
‘While we have now charged a man and two teenagers with Sarmad’s murder, our investigation is very much ongoing and I would ask anybody with information that could assist us to come forward.
‘I know this incident has had a major impact on the community and I would like to thank the public for their extremely valuable support with this murder inquiry.’
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