Birmingham & Black Country

Adum Osman admits stabbing neighbour to death in street

Leon Davis Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Leon Davis' family described him as a "beloved son and grandfather"

A man who stabbed his neighbour to death outside a Birmingham newsagents has been detained indefinitely.

Adum Osman, 36, from Thornhill Road, Handsworth, was given a hospital order at Birmingham Crown Court after admitting manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Osman stabbed Leon Davis, 55, in the stomach with a kitchen knife outside a shop in January.

Three psychiatric consultants found Osman had paranoid schizophrenia.

'Never forgotten'

The court heard Mr Davis had walked into the Sandhu Newsagents, on Thornhill Road, as part of his daily routine.

As he walked away from the shop, he was approached by Osman and attacked.

Osman pinned Mr Davis to the floor and stabbed him in the stomach several times before walking into the store to buy cigarettes.

Mr Davis was given emergency first aid before being taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Osman told officers Mr Davis had caused noise nuisance but there was nothing to substantiate these claims.

Osman was later detained under the Mental Health Act and taken to a secure facility.

Mr Davis' family said he was a skilled carpenter, a "beloved son" and grandfather.

"Leon Davis was... cruelly taken away from his close family and friends," the family said in a statement.

"His death leaves an empty space in our hearts; he will be sadly missed but never forgotten."

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