Ramani Morgan was allegedly stabbed to death by two teenagers at a house party in Coventry.

Morgan, 16, played for Aston Villa and Walsall but was rushed to hospital and pronounced dead just before midnight on February 26 having had a knife plunged through his heart.

Sukhbir Singh-Phull, 18, and a 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named because of his age, are currently on trial accused of murder at Warwick Crown Court.

The trial has heard from prosecutor Michael Burrows QC that the stabbing took place after a party thrown by a friend of Ramani’s girlfriend.

It has been alleged that Morgan was stabbed after one of the teenagers “tried it on” with his girlfriend.

It’s been said that on arriving at the party, which Singh-Pull and the 17-year-old had been invited by another friend, the younger of the pair walked into the kitchen and told a girl he was giving her something to hide.

Burrows said: "He handed her a small knife with a black handle. The blade was about four inches.

"She hid the knife in a box on top of the washing machine in a room off the kitchen.

"She said that [the 17-year-old] saw her do that, and that Sukhbir Singh-Phull might also have known."

Burrows said that Morgan had four stab wounds with the incident coming just 21 minutes after he arrived at the party.

It was alleged that the 17-year-old was “trying it on” with Morgan’s girlfriend, who was at the party before the footballer arrived.

When Morgan arrived with two friends, it’s been claimed that his girlfriend went out to meet them and told him about the 17-year-old's behaviour.

Morgan and his friends are said to have been in the living room when the defendants came from the kitchen and offered them all a drink.

Burrows said: "Ramani put his drink on the floor. He had said on the way they should not trust anyone pouring them drinks in case they were spiked."

The girl hosting the party was believed to be unhappy about the people there and described the 17-year-old trying to get people drunk and rolling a spliff.

Burrows added: "She became upset. She was afraid the house would be trashed, and said she wanted everyone out. What happened outside led to the death of Ramani Morgan.

"We know Ramani Morgan sustained fatal injuries. He had a stab wound to his heart. His heart stopped beating at the scene.

"He was treated at the scene by a doctor from the air ambulance who performed surgery there and revived him, and he was taken to hospital, but died at eight minutes to midnight.

"He also had a stab wound to the front of his left chest, and that was the principal cause of death. It transfixed the heart.

"He had a further stab wound to the back of his left chest which damaged the muscle and a rib and his left lung.

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"On its own that itself could have caused death, but the time-frame would have been longer."

CCTV showed Morgan "running after he had been fatally stabbed” and he had no alcohol or drugs in his system.

The jury at court heard that when the girl who had hidden the knife for the 17-year-old went to check, it was no longer there.

Mr Burrows said: "The prosecution say you can infer it was one of these defendants who took the knife, and [the 17-year-old] accepts he took it.

"Sukhbir Singh-Phull also accepts he had a knife and brandished it in the course of the incident."

Both defendants deny the charges and the trial continues.