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Three found guilty of Ricky Basra murder in Edgbaston

Ricky Basra
Image caption Ricky Basra died on Melville Road in Edgbaston

Three people have been found guilty of murdering a 22-year-old man in Birmingham last year.

Ricky Basra, from Bilston, was shot dead on Melville Road in Edgbaston.

Gary Narwain, 21, of Calthorpe Road, Walsall, and Sarah Singh, 31, of Colville Road, Sparkbrook, were both convicted of his murder at Birmingham Crown Court.

Barrington Denny, 23, of Gladstone Road, Sparkbrook, had pleaded guilty to the murder at an earlier hearing.

Det Sgt Rob Bastin said: "Barrington Denny armed himself with a shotgun and travelled to Melville Road where he shot dead Ricky Basra at close range.

"Sarah Singh played an integral part in this murder; through a misguided loyalty to Denny she lured Ricky to the location so that Denny could shoot him.

"Gary Narwain was a close associate of Denny. He was involved in the planning of the murder and assisted afterwards with the disposal of key evidence.

"This cowardly and callous attack has had a lasting effect on Ricky's family and friends and my thoughts and sympathy go out to them today.

"I hope this verdict gives those close to Ricky some comfort. I know they are still coming to terms with their loss."

'Some comfort'

Mr Basra's mother, Ranjit Kaur, said: "Ricky was my loving, precious son and a good brother to Ravi.

"Nothing can bring Ricky back to us, but we can try to move on now we have justice for him.

"I would like to say a special thank you to the people and residents who gave first aid to my son on the night he was shot. To know he didn't die alone gives me some comfort.

"I would also like to thank all Ricky's friends who have been a great support to myself and Ravi, coming to court with us every day."

All three defendants will be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 20 February.

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