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Oxford teenager, 16, guilty of Blayne Ridgway murder

Eze Eke
Image caption Eke was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in jail

A teenager has been found guilty of murdering a man outside an Oxford nightspot.

Blayne Ridgway, 22, suffered two stab wounds when 16-year-old Eze Eke, stabbed him with a knife during the early hours of 8 May.

Police said the attack happened after an altercation near the Que Pasa bar in Oxford city centre at about 0300 BST.

Eke, of Ridgefield Road, Oxford, was sentenced at Oxford Crown Court to a minimum of 15 years in jail.

'Tragic case'

Mr Ridgway was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital for treatment after the attack but later died.

Thames Valley Police stepped up patrols in the city centre following the killing.

Det Insp Kevin Mahon, who led the police investigation, called it a "tragic" case of knife crime.

"I would like to thank those members of the community who came forward and gave information, and in particular, those who had the moral courage to stand and give evidence in court.

"It is due in no small part to these people that this prosecution was successful.

"I hope that this makes others think hard about the consequences of carrying or using knives in the future."

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