Coventry & Warwickshire

Mark Nesmith murder: Man guilty of killing tattoo artist

Mark Nesmith Image copyright Grizzly Art Collective
Image caption Mark Nesmith was a tattoo artist in Coventry

A man has been found guilty of murdering a tattoo artist found stabbed at a petrol station.

Mark Nesmith, 35, a friend of Coventry band The Enemy, died in hospital after being found with stab wounds at a BP garage in The Butts, Coventry, in June.

Tyler Smith, 21, of Attoxhall Road, Coventry, was also found guilty of violent disorder and possession of a weapon at Birmingham Crown Court.

Smith was remanded in custody until sentencing on Friday.

Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Tyler Smith, Sebastian Vastaki-Barsby and Uzair Hussain are due to be sentenced on Friday

Two other men, Uzair Hussain, 24, of Crampers Field, Radford, and Sebastian Vastaki-Barsby, 19, of Barkers Butts Lane, Coundon, are also due to be sentenced on Friday after being found guilty of violent disorder.

West Midlands Police said Mr Nesmith had been enjoying a night out with his partner and friends when a row broke out in the petrol station car park.

He was taken to hospital, but died from his injuries the following day.

'Remarkable young man'

Shortly after his death, staff from Grizzly Tattoo Collective, where Mr Nesmith, known as Nessy, used to work described him as "a remarkable young man" who will be sadly missed.

And in a Facebook post The Enemy spoke of their grief at the loss of a friend they described as "gentle, kind and talented".

They added: "He'll be missed not only by his close friends and loved ones, but by all the people who were quietly influenced by him."

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