POLICE have arrested another teenager following the murder of 17-year-old Nasir Patrice in Leamington.
A 16-year-old boy from London has been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempting to pervert the course of justice. He remains in police custody at this time.
The trial of a 16-year-old boy, also from London, who has been charged with the murder will take place this summer.
Nasir, from Birmingham, who was stabbed in Tachbrook Road on Wednesday morning January 15.
The charged boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and 18-year-old Richard Talawila, both from London, are currently on remand.
The boy has been charged with murder, attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon, kidnap and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He will appear at Warwick Crown Court on February 24 for a pre-trial plea hearing, ahead of his trial which is set to start on June 8.
Talawila has been charged with kidnap and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He will also appear for a pre-trial plea hearing on February 24.
Both been remanded in custody.
Police have said Nasir’s death could be related to so-called county lines drug dealing – in which big city drug gangs target smaller towns where gang members are not known to police.
A post mortem confirmed Nasir died as a result of a stab wound to the chest. His family issued a statement saying they were “heartbroken”.
There have been four previous arrests in connection with the investigation – all of who were later been released on police bail.
A 33-year-old man from Leamington, a 17-year-old boy from Coventry, and an 18-year-old man from Birmingham who was injured in the incident, were all arrested on suspicion of murder. An 18-year-old man from Birmingham was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.