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Last moments of teen stabbed to death by two 12-year-old boys: CCTV shows machete attack victim heading to park before being murdered by Britain’s youngest killers since James Bulger died


The last moments of stabbed teenager Shawn Seesahai have been revealed as CCTV footage shows the machete attack victim walking to a park minutes before being murdered by Britain’s youngest knife killers. 

The shocking clip comes as the 19-year-old’s father warned that ‘kids are dangerous now’ in the wake of the two attackers, both 12, being found guilty this afternoon.

The youths are believed to be the youngest children convicted for murder since Robert Thompson and Jon Venables, both aged 11, were found guilty in 1993 of killing two-year-old James Bulger.

Mr Seesahai can be seen leaving Handsworth, an inner-city area of Birmingham, with two friends at around 5.30pm, getting onto a tram at Winson Green station.

The group then get off at Priestfield tram stop in Wolverhampton at 6.13pm and begin to make their way towards the park – where they would later bump into the attackers.

CCTV footage has revealed he last moments of stabbed teenager Shawn Seesahai. The 19-year-old was murdered by Britain's youngest knife killers

CCTV footage has revealed he last moments of stabbed teenager Shawn Seesahai. The 19-year-old was murdered by Britain’s youngest knife killers

The shocking clip comes as the 19-year-old's father Suresh (pictured) warned that 'kids are dangerous now' in the wake of the two attackers, both 12, being found guilty this afternoon

The shocking clip comes as the 19-year-old’s father Suresh (pictured) warned that ‘kids are dangerous now’ in the wake of the two attackers, both 12, being found guilty this afternoon

The pair were found guilty of stabbing Mr Seesahai (pictured) to death with a machete in a park in Wolverhampton

The pair were found guilty of stabbing Mr Seesahai (pictured) to death with a machete in a park in Wolverhampton

At 6.34pm, Mr Seesahai and one friend then leave the park to go to a local petrol station where shop CCTV shows them looking at shelves of food. 

The pair are then spotted heading back to the park for 7.57pm when grainy footage shows them standing in the area until at least 8.15pm. The attack itself is not caught on CCTV.

Today’s verdict made the pair the youngest boys to have committed a knife-related murder in the UK. 

One of the boys who murdered the 19-year-old claimed he got the machete used in the killing from ‘a friend of a friend’ but police said there was evidence that he had searched for knives online. 

Mr Seesahai was originally from Caribbean island Anguilla but was staying in Birmingham while recovering from cataract surgery.

The month-long trial at Nottingham Crown Court was told Mr Seesahai was shoulder-barged by the smaller of the two defendants, who ‘often’ carried a machete with a 42.5cm-long blade, before being punched, kicked, stamped on and ‘chopped’ at with the weapon.

The stabbing victim’s father Suresh told Sky News earlier that parents need to ‘pay attention’ to stop more senseless murders, adding that ‘kids are dangerous now’.

He said: ‘He was always with me, from the time he was born and growing up. When he’d have been around 16 he started to work with me. Whatsoever he knew that I’d need help [with] he’d always be there for me.’

Mr Seesahai can be seen leaving Handsworth, an inner-city area of Birmingham, with two friends at around 5.30pm, getting onto a tram at Winson Green station

Mr Seesahai can be seen leaving Handsworth, an inner-city area of Birmingham, with two friends at around 5.30pm, getting onto a tram at Winson Green station

At 6.34pm, Mr Seesahai and one friend then leave the park to go to a local petrol station

At 6.34pm, Mr Seesahai and one friend then leave the park to go to a local petrol station

Shop CCTV shows the pair looking at shelves of food before returning to the park

Shop CCTV shows the pair looking at shelves of food before returning to the park

Grainy footage later shows them standing in the area until at least 8.15pm. The attack itself is not caught on CCTV

Grainy footage later shows them standing in the area until at least 8.15pm. The attack itself is not caught on CCTV

Mr Seesahai’s mother Manashwary added: ‘He’s always there for us, a very protected child. He helped his father [at work] with all the tools, he helped me [at] home with the chores, he loved to do that.’

The victim’s friend told the trial he was forced to run for his life, but 19-year-old Mr Seesahai stumbled as he tried to flee from the boys on Wolverhampton’s Stowlawn playing fields on November 13 last year.

The court heard that they attacked the victim with such force that in one blow the machete almost passed through his body.

Mr Seesahai was pronounced dead at 9.11pm on November 13 last year after police were called to the scene at 8.37pm.

Mr Seesahai had travelled to the UK with friend Deron Harrigan, primarily because he needed cataracts surgery which was unavailable on Anguilla. 

He settled in Handsworth, Birmingham, and jurors heard the pair travelled to Wolverhampton that November evening with a third man, Jamal Clarke, because Mr Clarke wanted to visit his girlfriend in the city.

Prosecutor Michelle Heeley KC said Shawn and his friend ended up in a confrontation with the two killers – who had been ‘roaming the streets’ with the machete – while killing time wandering through Stowlawn playing fields as Mr Jamal visited his partner.

Prosecutors say the two 12-year-olds acted together to kill Mr Seesahai after he ‘shoulder-brushed’ them by a bench.

The stabbing victim's father Suresh (pictured, today, with wife Manashwary) told Sky News earlier that parents need to 'pay attention' to stop more senseless murders, adding that 'kids are dangerous now'

The stabbing victim’s father Suresh (pictured, today, with wife Manashwary) told Sky News earlier that parents need to ‘pay attention’ to stop more senseless murders, adding that ‘kids are dangerous now’

Ms Seesahai added: 'He's always there for us, a very protected child. He helped his father [at work] with all the tools, he helped me [at] home with the chores, he loved to do that'

Ms Seesahai added: ‘He’s always there for us, a very protected child. He helped his father [at work] with all the tools, he helped me [at] home with the chores, he loved to do that’

The Seesahai family pictured on Sky News. Mr Seesahai was pronounced dead at 9.11pm on November 13 last year after police were called to the scene at 8.37pm

The Seesahai family pictured on Sky News. Mr Seesahai was pronounced dead at 9.11pm on November 13 last year after police were called to the scene at 8.37pm

Mr Harrigan told jurors how he had run for his life after the two boys launched the attack with the blade, and turned around to see his friend on the floor and fatally wounded.

Having been left traumatised by the ordeal, he returned to Anguilla after the murder and gave evidence from the island via a videolink. The witness said: ‘It was a big blade, something similar to a machete. He pulled it out of the sheath from his waist. Shawn told me to run.’

The witness said that as the pair ran, Mr Seesahai tripped and was attacked.

Prosecutor Michelle Heeley KC said the victim had ‘offered no violence and ‘done nothing to offend the two boys’. A girl at the scene with the youths said she saw the boys ‘punching’ and ‘kicking’ their victim as he lay on the floor. It was not ‘unusual’ that the boy who admitted possessing the knife had a machete as he ‘often’ carried it, she claimed.

The defendants said the confrontation began when Mr Seesahai told them to move from the park bench they were sat on, then got the boy who owned the knife in a headlock.

Family members of both the victim and the defendants cried and hugged each other in the public gallery as the jurors found both boys guilty of murder and one guilty of possessing a bladed article.

In an interview released after the verdicts, Mr Seesahai’s parents Suresh and Maneshwary have said they will never be able to get over the loss of their 19-year-old son who always told them he would ‘shine’ and take care of them.

Suresh Seesahai said he feels sorry for the parents of the killers and only hopes that ‘justice’ is served for his son.

Mr Seesahai had flown to Britain from the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla for medical treatment on his eyes, when he was set upon by the boys

Mr Seesahai had flown to Britain from the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla for medical treatment on his eyes, when he was set upon by the boys

An image retrieved from the phone of one of the attackers showing long knives and swords on a bed

An image retrieved from the phone of one of the attackers showing long knives and swords on a bed

A machete pictured under the bed of one of the attackers. Family members of both the victim and the defendants cried and hugged each other in the public gallery as the jurors found both boys guilty of murder and one guilty of possessing a bladed article

A machete pictured under the bed of one of the attackers. Family members of both the victim and the defendants cried and hugged each other in the public gallery as the jurors found both boys guilty of murder and one guilty of possessing a bladed article

They also spoke of their shock at discovering the age of their son’s killers.

Suresh said: ‘Pay attention to your kids, if you see them doing something wrong then tell them. Check their room, sometimes you don’t know what’s in there so check it as parents.

‘This world is a different world, kids are dangerous now. If we don’t pay attention to them this will keep happening.’

Maneshwary, added: ’12-year-old kids should be at home doing school work and then going to bed.’

His mother said Shawn wanted to be an engineer and said that after his eye surgery, the keen sportsman planned to finish his education . ‘He always said ‘Mum, I’ll be shining, I’ll be shining. Don’t worry, I will help you.’

Mr Seesahai said he feels sorry for the parents of his son’s killers, but needed to see justice done. ‘They (the boys responsible) don’t have to be locked up for life’, he said, ‘I just want it to be fair.’

The couple said they ‘couldn’t eat for a week’ through shock after first Shawn’s friend phoned to tell them he had been murdered, before police followed up to confirm any parents’ worst news 30 minutes later.

They said their surviving child, Shawn’s teenage sister, is bereft at the loss of her sibling.

‘It’s very hard for his sister because they always spoke to each other’, Mr Seesahai said. ‘After he passed away we were on the porch, she started crying and said ‘Mummy I have no brother it’s just me, alone’.

‘I told her she has her father and her mother.’

Detective Inspector Damian Forrest, who led the investigation, said: ‘The weapon was a large machete that really no person who doesn’t need it as a tool of their trade should have any reason to own.

‘Obviously, originally it would be a gardening tool.

‘Although the facts of this case mean we can’t say for certain how that weapon came into the possession of the suspects, there is some evidence that suggests that one of them had tried to purchase knives on the internet.’

Jonathan Roe, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS West Midlands, said: ‘Shawn Seesahai was an incredibly brave young man who had a world of opportunities at his feet.

‘Shawn suffered traumatic injuries after being ruthlessly targeted by defendants who had a fixation with violence and were roaming the streets looking for a potential victim.

Mr Seesahai was pronounced dead at 9.11pm on November 13 last year after police were called to the scene at 8.37pm

Mr Seesahai was pronounced dead at 9.11pm on November 13 last year after police were called to the scene at 8.37pm

Nottingham Crown Court where two 12-year-old boys have been found guilty of stabbing a stranger to death (stock image)

Nottingham Crown Court where two 12-year-old boys have been found guilty of stabbing a stranger to death (stock image)

‘This was a horrifying and random act of brutality, perpetrated by two 12-year-olds who should not have been spending their time arming themselves with a machete and preparing to take a life.

‘Today’s conviction should send a clear message to those who feel it appropriate to arm themselves with knives or blades – no matter how you may try to justify it, you will face the consequences of your actions.

‘All of our thoughts remain with Shawn’s family and friends at this difficult time.’

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