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Bristol gun row youth Luchiano Barnes guilty of murder

Nicholas Robinson from Bristol Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Nicholas Robinson collapsed after being stabbed

A 19-year-old man who knifed another man after a firearms deal "went sour" has been convicted of murder.

Luchiano Barnes repeatedly stabbed Nicholas Robinson at flats in Bristol's Stokes Croft area during the dispute.

Mr Robinson, also 19, collapsed in a communal area of Ron Jones House, Jamaica Street, and died on 5 March 2014, Bristol Crown Court heard.

Barnes, of Denbigh Street, had denied murder, but a jury found him guilty. He is due to be sentenced on Friday.

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Image caption Barnes (pictured) had denied killing Nicholas Robinson

The defendant had admitted a charge of conspiracy to purchase a firearm.

A second man, Fabian Cole, 20, of Byron Street, Bristol, admitted a charge of conspiracy to purchase a firearm at an earlier court hearing.

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Image caption Nicholas Robinson is seen on CCTV running down the stairs of Ron Jones house

The jury was shown CCTV footage featuring Mr Robinson running down the stairs at Ron Jones House, seconds before Barnes is shown chasing him .

Barnes eventually caught up with Mr Robinson and repeatedly stabbed him with what is believed to be a large kitchen knife.

His fiancée, Shannon Pinnock, previously told the court she was on the phone to Mr Robinson at the time.

Image caption Nicholas Robinson collapsed in a courtyard where he was treated by paramedics

Speaking outside court Det Ch Insp Andy Bevan said Mr Robinson "had his whole life ahead of him".

"We don't know why he got involved in trying to help Luchiano Barnes and Fabian Cole buy a firearm or what the motive for buying the firearm was.

"What we do know, is that because of the failed bid to buy a firearm, Nicholas was punished in the most horrific way possible.

"All murders are tragic, but there are extremely distressing elements to this case, in particular that Nicholas was on the phone to his fiancée when the fatal stabbing took place."

The court heard Barnes had asked Mr Robertson to buy four guns, but the negotiations failed.

Before he was killed Mr Robertson told friends he was being blamed for the deal "going sour", the jury heard.

Three days after running away from the scene, Barnes fled to New York.

He was arrested when he returned to the UK, almost a month later.

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