Tragic Lauric Lebato, 22, was murdered when a house party brawl spilled out into the street in Leicester
Tragic Lauric Lebato, 22, was knifed by Sulaiman Sillah when a brawl broke out at a house party and spilled into the street.
Horrific moment Lauric Lebato, 22, was stabbed to death in the street in Leicester
The knife wound in Mr Lebato’s back was so severe his intestines spilled out as he began bleeding to death in Leicester.
Lauric’s father Tagbeu Lebato has now made an emotional film with Leicestershire Police to highlight the damage knives can have on families and communities.
In a heartfelt message, he can be heard saying in the video: “You have just watched my son Lauric being stabbed to death.
“I told you it would be shocking. But how do you feel?
Lauric and his family had moved from the Ivory Coast to England for a better life
Lauric’s dad Tagbeu Lebato has now made an emotional film with Leicestershire Police to highlight the damage knives can have on families and communities
“How do you feel about that knife that took our lives? I do not ask you to pity my life.
“I have no need of your pity.
“Instead, I ask you to think about that knife that took the life of my beautiful little boy.
“Now, think about another knife that may one day take your life or the life of someone close to you.
“My name is Tagbeu Lebato.
“Think lives not knives”.
In the film, Tagbeu explains how his life has been destroyed by the death of his son, after they moved from their home in Ivory Coast to give his son a better future in England.
The film shows the moment CCTV cameras capture Lauric being fatally stabbed after he tries to fend his attacker off using a fire extinguisher.
Tagbeu continues: “I have never seen this footage. I never want to. I don’t need to.
“For me the knife that killed him destroyed me as well.
“I was born into a very poor family in the Ivory Coast.
“We had very few things and very little money, but I had a dream that one day I would have a child.
“When that moment came I would take my child far, far away to a different culture, a different place, where I would bring my child up to be a happy, successful and safe person.
“Lauric was born in the Ivory Coast.
“He was and always will be in my mind a beautiful, happy little boy.
“Five years later, having saved and saved, I fulfilled my dream.
“We broke that link with my home country, with poverty, and with my family, and Lauric and I set up home together in London. Slowly we began to shape our future. Our new way of life was nothing like before.
“I worked hard and saved hard to support us both.
“Bit by bit we got used to our whole new way of life, to the customs and traditions of this country.
“I sent him home twice to the Ivory Coast so he could compare the life the children have there and how fortunate we were to have broken that link.
“And we spoke every Saturday about the week that had gone and the week that lay ahead, planning the future.
“On Saturday February 11 2017 Lauric decided to go to a party with some friends.
“He told me he would be late home.
Tragic Lauric’s coffin at his funeral after he was stabbed to death in the street on February 11
“It was the last time I saw him.
“There was a fight at the party and Lauric and others ended up in the street outside.
“Lauric armed himself with a fire extinguisher to protect himself from attack.
“A few seconds later, he was dead. In that split-second my life finished.
“Now I have no future, I just exist in a dark and painful present.
“I spend my money, I don’t save it. There’s no one to save it for.
“My Ivory Coast dream has become a daily nightmare. I don’t sleep anymore – I just suffer.”
Sillah, 20, of Leicester, was found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.
He claimed he had acted in self-defence but was also found guilty of wounding with intent on another occasion.
The incident on December 14 involved an altercation between Sillah and some of his friends and two other men, James and Daniel White.
Jurors also convicted Sillah’s close friend, Sheriff Oluwa, 20, of violent disorder.
A court heard Oluwa had been threatening people with a large combat knife on the night but had pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Sulaiman Sillah, 20, of Leicester, was found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday
Sillah’s close friend, Sheriff Oluwa, 20, was convicted of violent disorder
On February 11, Sillah and Oluwa, both originally from London, attended a fellow De Montfort University student’s birthday party in a basement flat.
Around 15 members of the Manor House Gang from London also attended the party, including Mr Lebato.
A row broke out between the Leicester student group and the Manor House Gang and the fight spilled out into the street, where Oluwa threatened other people with a long combat knife before being sprayed with a foam fire extinguisher by Mr Lebato.
Sillah then ran at Mr Lebato from behind with a knife but Mr Lebato managed to dodge out of his way at the last minute and flee across the road before he was stabbed.
Sentencing, Judge Mark Wall QC said: “There’s a growing trend for young people to arm themselves with knives when they go out.
“That increases the chances of someone being killed or seriously injured.
“In Leicestershire, where these incidents took place, seven out of 10 of the homicides under investigation this year involved knives.
“That dramatic statistic highlights the problem locally, as well as nationally.”