Kisharne Campbell, 24, shot and killed Kimani Martin in revenge for the 18-year-old who robbed him that morning, but the drug dealer slipped after phoning his mother
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A baby-faced drug dealer gave himself away with an ill-conceived phone call to his mother after he murdered a teenager.
Kisharne Campbell, 24, shot Kimani Martin with a shotgun in the early hours of June 20 last year in Tividale, West Midlands.
It was an act of revenge for the 18-year-old who robbed him that morning, but the drug dealer slipped after phoning his mother while she was standing by the police, a court heard.
Police initially had reason to believe he was the deceased after his phone and gold chain with his street name ‘KASH’ on it were found next to the unidentified gunman in the back seat of the Dudley Road East taxi. BirminghamLive reports.
They then contacted a number on their cell phone, which turned out to be Campbell’s mother, who called at the station later that morning, fearing her son was injured or, worse, dead.
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In a major breakthrough in the investigation, Campbell called his mother while she was still with the police and said he had been robbed and stuffed in the trunk of his own car.
It quickly emerged that the robber he was talking about was Mr Martin, who had been taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At that moment, Campbell became the prime suspect in the murder.
Campbell, who is of no fixed abode, was eventually convicted of murder after a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
The jury was told that about an hour before the shooting, Campbell drove in his Volvo and picked up Kimani Martin and two of his associates with the intention of buying cocaine to turn into crack and sell on.
But at one point, Mr Martin had turned the tables and stolen his phone and chain, which were subsequently recovered next to his own bullet-riddled body.
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First, he and his two friends fled the Volvo on the Tudor Road in Oldbury and got into a taxi to return to Birmingham.
Meanwhile, Campbell wasted no time planning immediate retaliation. He recruited accomplices Atif Khan and Usman Amjad, procured a shotgun and got into a stolen Volkswagen Golf.
In less than an hour, their hunt was a success when they located the taxi.
Campbell opened fire from no more than ten feet away, shooting Mr Martin in the head.
The victim’s two employees, who were also in the private rental car, fled the scene and have yet to be identified.
West Midlands Police Detective Inspector Jim Colclough explained how the investigation was developing quickly.
“We, the police, have been in contact this morning without finding out who the person in the car is, the deceased who was taken to the hospital,” he said.
“He was found in the back of the taxi with a phone and a gold chain. The gold chain had the name KASH on it and the phone is the phone that called the taxi. We’ve checked this phone out a few times and seen it most likely belonged to Campbell.
“So we spoke to his mother and thought he might have been in the car if it wasn’t for the victim being one of the victim’s staff. Was he hurt?
“We got the whole ball rolling by trying to identify him as a potential victim of this incident. It eventually became apparent when he spoke to his mother and said that he himself had been the victim of a robbery and these items had been stolen, that he became the prime suspect in the murder.”
In opening the case, Prosecutor Edward Brown QC addressed the phone call Campbell’s mother received. He said: “While she was still with the police, she actually took a call from her son at 11am on an anonymous number.
“The officer who was with her could hear a male voice but not the substance of the conversation, only his mother’s side, but she could gather that the defendant, Kisharne Campbell, said he was robbed in the trunk of his own car (the black Volvo) and his jewelry, money, phone and car were stolen. He went on to say that his captors threw him out of his car and drove away.”
Khan, 25, of Park Lane East, Tipton, has been convicted of murder for driving the stolen Golf from which Campbell fired the shotgun. Amjad, 22, of no fixed address, was a passenger in the vehicle and was convicted of manslaughter. You will be sentenced along with Campbell on Wednesday June 29th.
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