Why the man whose knife was used to kill Fahim Hersi at Sheffield cinema escaped prosecution

A man who took a knife to a Sheffield cinema on the night of a fatal stabbing has escaped prosecution.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 9:44 am
Updated Friday, 13th December 2019, 3:05 pm

As Noel Ramsey, 22, of Nottingham Street, Burngreave, begins the first full day of a five year sentence behind bars today over the death of Fahim Hersi, it has emerged that the man whose knife he used was never charged over the incident.

Ramsey, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter, claims he was acting in self defence when he stabbed Fahim in his chest at the Centertainment complex in Attercliffe in September 2018.

He was stabbed himself when his group of friends and Fahim’s clashed outside Cineworld when they all turned up to watch a film at the same time.

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Fahim Hersi was stabbed to death at Centertainment in Sheffield

Ramsey picked up the knife used by his attacker when it was dropped on the ground as violence flared.

He then lashed out as Fahim walked towards him, puncturing the 22-year-old Broomhall man’s heart.

Fahim was taken to hospital but could not be saved.

Ramsey was arrested when he sought hospital treatment for his own stab wounds.

Fahim Hersi was stabbed to death at the Centertainment complex in Sheffield in September 2018

The man alleged to have taken the knife to the cinema, who was 21 at the time, was arrested on suspicion of wounding but never charged.

South Yorkshire Police said: “He was later released without charge following advice from the CPS that there was insufficient evidence.”

Speaking after Ramsey was jailed yesterday, Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Simon Palmer, the senior investigating officer in the case, said: “I am pleased we have secured these sentences in connection to Mr Hersi’s death.

“The investigation has been an incredibly complex process, which Mr Hersi’s family members have endured with great bravery and patience. They have been at the forefront of our minds throughout our enquiries.

“I hope today’s sentencing brings them some comfort in the weeks, months and years to come as they continue life without their much loved brother and son.”

Layton Morris, 22, of Ferrars Road, Tinsley, was jailed for six months after he admitted assisting an offender.

He removed the knife used by Ramsey to attack Fahim when the killer dropped it close to a bin.