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09th Mar 2022

Shocking CCTV captures teen being chased through streets before being murdered with ‘Rambo knife’

Steve Hopkins

The attack was so brutal the knife tip was lodged in Derlano Samuels’ skull

Shocking footage shows the moment a 17-year-old boy was chased down the street by another teenager who stabbed him to death with a “Rambo-style” knife.

Cam-Ron Dunn, 18, stabbed Derlano Samuels multiple times in Waterloo Road, Cape Hill, Smethwick, West Midlands before making a getaway on a bicycle on 1 May last year.

A post mortem showed that Derlano died from a stab wound to his chest but also suffered multiple wounds to his body, including one which left the knife tip lodged in his skull.

Dunn, of Smethwick, denied murder but a jury took just 90 minutes to return a unanimous guilty verdict following a trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court this week.

West Midlands Police released footage of the moment Dunn lunged at Derlano before chasing him to his death.

CCTV shows Derlano bravely run away after being stabbed twice before seeking refuge in a Polish supermarket.

Dunn is then seen racing towards him before launching the fatal blows and escaping on foot while appearing to check his hands for blood.

He then runs into another shop where he hid the knife in his trousers and fixed his hair before calmly retrieving his bike and riding home.

Moments after the brutal attack, Derlano managed to scramble into a Ford which had earlier driven away following a prior altercation with Dunn.

Minutes later the car was found crashed a mile away in Heath Street, Winson Green, Birmingham.

Police and paramedics rushed to the scene and found Derlano, who died in hospital a short time later.

After examining the CCTV retrieved from the shop, a police officer recognised the killer as Dunn who was arrested at his home the following day.

Dunn had washed the tracksuit he wore on the day of the murder and police found a stab-proof vest and a knife sheath in the downstairs toilet along with two machetes hidden in a barbecue and one under the sofa in the living room.

Detective Inspector Hannah Whitehouse said the “brutality” of the Samuels’ murder was “shocking”.

“What caused this horrifying violence to be unleashed isn’t clear but it has resulted in another family losing a loved one, and our thoughts remain with them,” Whitehouse said.

“It is also another sad reminder of the dangers of carrying knives and we hope this conviction can provide Derlano’s family with some comfort that Dunn is now off the streets and behind bars.”

In a tribute, Samuels’ family said: “Derlano was a happy, positive, thoughtful and kind-hearted person. “His life was taken from him before his 18th birthday in a senseless act at the hands of another. He will be forever missed by his family and those who knew and loved him.

“The youth of today think carrying knives will protect them, but in fact, you are putting your life in the hands of the law. “Knife crime is a pandemic in the UK, the impact ripples through families and communities and cannot be underestimated.”

Dunn was remanded into custody and will be sentenced on May 13.

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