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Teenager pleads guilty to killing Coventry dad

A teenager has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Robert Burgess, who was found dead in a garden in October last year. 

The 17-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, fatally stabbed Robert in the chest after a dispute over drugs. 

An argument started on the front drive of a property on Armfield Street, before their dispute continued into the garden where he was fatally stabbed. 

Robert Burgess
Robert Burgess was fatally stabbed in Coventry garden

Only two minutes after meeting Robert, the 17-year-old callously fled the scene, leaving his victim for dead. 

That evening a family member made the harrowing discovery when she attended the property after no one heard from the 37-year-old for several hours. 

Robert’s then three-year-old daughter was found in the house alone, with her father collapsed in the garden. 

A murder investigation was immediately launched and the 17-year-old defendant was quickly identified after Robert’s family posted footage on social media. He was arrested three days later on suspicion of murder and subsequently charged. 

At Leamington Crown Court yesterday (23 March), the teenager pleaded guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced on Friday 1 May. 

DCI Scott Griffiths from our homicide team, said; “Although we will never really know what happened in those few moments between the defendant and Mr Burgess, we believe this was all over a small quantity of drugs. “ 

“This is another shocking case portraying the reality of knife crime. A young child has lost her father at the hands of a teenager who felt the need to carry a knife and will now face the start of his adult life in prison.

“Once again this shows there really are no winners of knife crime."

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