RAPPER Pa Salieu has been charged after the death of Neville Staple’s grandson outside a nightclub in Coventry.
The 23-year-old artist and nine other men have been charged with violent disorder by detectives investigating the fatal stabbing of Fidel Glasgow.
The Specials singer’s grandson, 23, died in hospital after he was knifed outside Club M in the early hours of September 1, 2018.
Shocking CCTV footage released by cops in the months following his death showed clubbers filming the stabbing on their phones.
Salieu – full name Pa Salieu Gaye – has been charged with two counts of violent disorder, wounding with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, West Midlands Police said today.
Nine others have also been charged with violent disorder.
Salieu wrote on Instagram: “Due to ongoing investigations, I am unable to comment on the detail surrounding the fateful events that occurred back in September 2018.
“Sadly, my close friend Fidel Glasow (AP) was taken from us well before his time.”
Salieu, who has 171,000 followers, said he is “engaging with the justice system”.
“Please be sensitive to the fact that a real family like yours has lost a loved one. RIP AP,” he added.
He shared the message alongside a pic which appeared to show him with Fidel.
The rapper was unveiled as the winner of the BBC Sound of 2021 in January after releasing his debut mixtape in November last year.
It means he is following in the footsteps of Adele, Michael Kiwanuka, Ellie Goulding and others by scooping the accolade.
The Evening Standard described Salieu as “the most exciting new voice in British rap”.
In an interview with the newspaper, Salieu revealed how he was shot in the head outside a pub in Coventry in October 2019.
No one has yet been charged over Fidel’s murder, despite a lengthy investigation by West Midlands Police, including appeals for information about suspects recorded on CCTV at the scene.
Fidel’s mother, Melanie Staple, said today: “Fidel is missed dearly by his family and close friends. All our lives will never be the same.
“I miss his voice round my house and his infectious personality, for what?”
At the time of Fidel’s killing, Neville paid tribute to his grandson and confirmed the tragic news on Facebook.
He said: “We are truly devastated to announce the heartbreaking loss of my grandson Fidel (my daughter Melanie’s son), who died today as a result of being attacked with a knife in the street.
“We want to thank the hospital staff & surgeons at UHCW University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, who battled all day to try & save him.
“My beautiful daughter Melanie & wife Christine Sugary, all the family and myself are still shocked by this tragedy.
“But would like to thank you all for the kindness & messages we have received. Thank you.”
Neville’s wife, Christine, told the BBC: “Fidel was just so handsome, so sweet, such a charmer, anyone who met him would always say ‘he’s just so wonderful, what a lovely boy’.”
In a statement on Thursday, West Midlands Police said the Crown Prosecution Service authorised charges against 10 men.
Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, from the force’s homicide unit, said: “We are still actively investigating Fidel’s murder and these charges are a significant step forward in our search for his killer.
“Fidel’s family have been fully updated with these latest developments and we remain in close contact with them.
“We continue to ask anyone with information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to come forward.”
Six men have been charged with wounding with intent, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon:
- Salieu, 23, of Harnalls Lane East, Stoke
- Brendon Gama, 23 of The Coppice, Stoke
- Jiguael Botamba, 21, of Little Duke Street, Nuneaton
- Michael Mistouflet, 24, of James Galloway Close, Binley
- Mohammed Amadu, 20, of Walsgrave Road, Ball Hill
- Adil Naseer, 24, of Park Street, Foleshill
Three men have been charged with wounding with intent and violent disorder:
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- Andrea Boadi, 21 of Lansdowne Street, Ball Hill
- Harrison Asiedu, 27, of North Street, Stoke
- Meidel Dange, 24, of Hornsey Close, Wood End
And another man, Brian Kamau, 33, of Chandos Street, Ball Hill, is accused of violent disorder.
The 10 men will appear at Coventry Magistrates’ Court on April 28.