Nottingham jury hears Steede’s last words
A recording of the last words of a Bermudian teenager stabbed in an English playground were played at the trial of five teenagers accused of his murder.
Lyrico Steede told a police officer: “I am going to die.”
The first officer at the scene told colleagues: “He says it happened in this area. He says he was stabbed in the back.
The officer asked Mr Steede, 17, twice: “How many people attacked you?”
The stabbed youngster said: “Four.”
The policeman asked: “Do you know them at all? Do you know why they did it?”
Mr Steede said: “No.”
The device also recorded a woman officer who warned that the teenager was “semi-conscious”.
She asked Mr Steede if there was anyone they needed to contact and the policeman said: “He shook his head.”
The recording, captured by a camera and recorder worn by the police officer first on the scene, was heard by a jury at Nottingham Crown Court last Friday.
Police rushed to Stock Well, Bulwell, Nottingham, on the night of February 13 after a woman called emergency services to report that a man had begged her through her locked front door to call police because he had been stabbed.
The woman called emergency services after Mr Steede collapsed on her doorstep.
The woman told an emergency operator: “I don’t know whether it is a joke or something. He told me ‘phone the police, I have been stabbed’. I am on my own with my children. It is dark outside. I tried to look through the peephole. He was pushing at the door.”
The operator asked the woman if she thought Mr Steede was trying to get into her home.
She told the operator that he had knocked on the door and said he was dying. The operator told the witness to ask for his name, but not to open the door.
The witness said: “He is telling me, ‘just help me, I am dying’.”
She told the court she was scared to open the door for fear it was a trick to get entry to the house. She added: “I didn’t know if someone was trying to get access to my house to trick me. I didn’t believe it was real.”
Mr Steede, who was living with family in Nottingham, died in hospital five days later.
Kasharn Campbell, 19, of no fixed abode, and Remmell Campbell-Miller, 18, from Sneinton Boulevard, in Nottingham, are charged with the murder of Mr Steede, along with two 17-year-old boys and a 16-year-old girl, none of whom can be named for legal reasons due to age.
It is alleged that the girl lured Mr Steede to the playground.
The four male defendants are alleged to have chased Mr Steede and stabbed him several times after he stumbled on a railing and fell.
The five defendants sat in silence as the police footage, with Mr Steede’s face pixelated out, was played on TV screens in the courtroom.
Matthew Evans, a paramedic, told the court Mr Steede was “drowsy” and he gave him oxygen to help his breathing.
He added he radioed in a “Code Red back-up” and tried to inject Mr Steede with drugs in a desperate attempt to save his life.
But he said he was unable to get a needle in “due to the veins being shut down due to low blood pressure”.
Mr Evans said Mr Steede’s heart stopped beating and CPR and a ventilator were used.
He was rushed to hospital in Nottingham, where he had emergency surgery, but died on February 21.
Dr Stuart Hamilton, a pathologist for the UK’s Home Office, said Mr Steede died of brain damage caused by lack of oxygen caused when his heart stopped beating because he had lost so much blood.
Dr Hamilton said the “most significant injury” was a stab wound to a thigh which struck the femoral artery, one of the body’s main arteries which supplies blood to the legs.
He added Mr Steede had five cuts to his face, including one to the chin “down to the bone”.
Both his lungs were also injured but Dr Hamilton said medical teams had managed to repair them.
Underquestioning by Peter Joyce QC for the Crown, Dr Hamilton admitted that he could not say how many knives were used.
The trial continues.
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