Mikey Roynon murder: Teen arrested for life for zombie knife murder

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Screenshot, Three teenagers have been sentenced for killing Mikey Roynon (left) at a house party

  • Author, Limbu Dawn
  • Role, BBC News, West of England

A teenager who stabbed another child to death with a zombie knife at a 16th birthday party has been arrested for life.

Shane Cunningham, Leo Knight and Cartel Bushnell, whose rights to anonymity were withdrawn by the judge, fatally stabbed Mikey Roynon during an argument at a party in Bath, Somerset, on June 10, 2023.

Cunningham, 16, was convicted of murder, while his two friends, also 16, were convicted of manslaughter after being acquitted of the more serious charge.

Bushnell has been detained for nine years and Knight has been detained for nine years and six months.

All of the boys previously denied murder, but in March 2024, Cunningham was found guilty of murder, while the other two were found guilty of manslaughter.

Judge Saini previously imposed a life sentence at Bristol Crown Court and ordered Cunningham serve a minimum custody period of 16 years before he can be considered for parole.

Screenshot, Mikey Roynon’s family were present at the sentencing at Bristol Crown Court.

Over the course of six weeks, the jury at Bristol Crown Court heard how trouble had started at a girl’s 16th birthday party in the Weston area of ​​Bath.

During the trial, jurors heard that Cunningham had stabbed Mikey, but claimed he had acted in self-defense.

Cunningham alleged that Mikey had brandished a knife at his friends in the host’s garden, but it was Mikey who was seriously injured. Mikey was left bleeding profusely from a wound to his neck and collapsed in the driveway.

The defendants fled the party and subsequently disposed of their weapons, two of which were recovered by police.

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