Centertainment killer to be sentenced after stabbing young man through heart in Sheffield

A killer who stabbed a young man through his heart when violence flared outside a Sheffield cinema is to be sentenced today.

Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 6:52 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th December 2019, 6:52 am

Noel Ramsey, aged 22, stabbed Fahim Hersi to death at the Centertainment complex in Attercliffe in Septemer 2018.

He was charged with murder and went on trial before pleading guilty to an alternative charge of manslaughter yesterday.

Sheffield Crown Court heard how Ramsey, from Nottingham Street, Burngreave and Mr Hersi, 22, from Broomhall, had both gone to the cinema with their own groups of friends when the stabbing occurred after a fight broke out.

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Killer Noel Ramsey is to be sentenced today

Ramsey was stabbed first in a ‘scuffle’ with one of Mr Hersi’s friends, who was carrying a knife.

His attacker dropped the knife and walked away, but Ramsey grabbed the blade and ‘lashed out’ at Mr Hersi as he approached him – stabbing him in his chest, through his heart.

As Mr Hersi was taken to the Northern General Hospital by his friends, CCTV cameras captured Ramsey walking away from the scene with the knife and disposing of it near a bin.

A second man, 22-year-old Layton Morris, of Ferrars Road, Tinsley, was later seen removing it and admitted assisting an offender.

Fahim Hersi was stabbed to death at the Centertainment complex in Sheffield

Ramsey was arrested after seeking treatment for his own stab wound at hospital.

Both men will learn their fate today, with Ramsey told jail is ‘inevitable’.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Morris ‘it’s wholly likely there will be a custodial sentence’ in his case too.

Superintendent Mel Palin, Head of Investigations for South Yorkshire Police in Sheffield, said: “This incident was a stark reminder of the tragedy that can result from carrying a knife.

“I want to reassure the public that a great deal of work is taking place in Sheffield to educate and inform our young people about the consequences of knife crime.

“It is important that I also mention the huge amount of enforcement activity being carried out by our teams across South Yorkshire on a daily basis to tackle the issue of knife crime in our communities.”