Two brothers have been jailed for the unlawful murder of their younger sibling, who was fatally stabbed in a horrific attack following a family feud.
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a passenger in an Opel Astra when he was stabbed three times through an open window by his brother David Rogers, 32, in an attack lasting just 30 seconds in Birmingham on August 22 last year.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and found Mr Rogers collapsed on the street, but he was later pronounced dead in hospital from a stab wound to the chest.
Harrowing CCTV footage later showed David Rogers jump into the vehicle with the knife before he and his other brother Samuel Rogers escaped.
Today David Rogers was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering Thomas, while 30-year-old Samuel Rogers was sentenced to nine years for manslaughter.
David Rogers (left), 32, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murder, while Samuel Rogers (right), 30, was sentenced to nine years in prison for manslaughter
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a passenger in an Opel Astra when he was stabbed three times in the chest on August 22 last year.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC, who delivered his sentence on Thursday, told the men: ‘You are brothers and the victim was your younger brother.
“Thomas was only 26 years old when he was murdered, with much of his life ahead of him.”
The judge, who told Samuel Rogers that he would have to serve two-thirds of his nine-year term before being eligible for parole, accepted that all three brothers had had a difficult childhood.
He also accepted that David Rogers had no intention of killing his brother and that Thomas’ actions towards their mother had contributed to the family rift.
But he told David and Samuel Rogers, who currently share a cell: “You were both armed with big knives. This was a determined attack that you, David, had traveled quite a distance to commit the day before.’
A four-week trial was told a stab wound entered Thomas Rogers’ heart when he was attacked while sitting in the passenger seat of a car in Mill Pool Way, near Birmingham’s Bristol Road, on August 22 last year.
The murder, which took place a day after windows were smashed at Samuel Rogers’ Nottinghamshire home, is believed to have been prompted by a feud fueled by a ‘number of reasons’ that caused the victim to argue with several family members.
At the start of the trial, District Attorney Michael Burrows QC told the court: ‘David Rogers told police he was not involved in his brother’s murder – that he was elsewhere.
“That was a lie and I understand he has now changed his account and accepts that he had a knife and accepts that he wrongfully killed his brother but had no intention of killing him or causing any serious injury.”
Harrowing CCTV footage showed David Rogers (P1) and Samuel Rogers (P1) getting out of their car before their younger sibling was attacked
The trial heard how Thomas Rogers was sitting in the passenger seat of a car when he got David Rogers (P1) out of a gray car
Emergency services rushed to the scene and found Mr Rogers collapsed on the street, but he was later pronounced dead in hospital
Jurors were told that Samuel Rogers accepted that he was armed with a knife, but claimed he was unaware that his older brother had harmed anyone.
Still images from CCTV cameras in a care home were shown to the jury, including one of a Ford Ka blocking the path of the black Opel Astra in which Thomas Rogers was sitting.
Jurors also learned that the victim was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after the stabbing and that David Rogers, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, was arrested in a wooded area in Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Samuel Rogers, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, was arrested in the early hours and told police he had been in Nottingham.
In a victim statement read at Thursday’s hearing, the siblings’ mother, Carole Rogers, said she believed her older sons would not have left Thomas to die had they known how badly injured he was.
The grieving mother, who followed the procedure via an online link, stated: “On August 22, 2020, my life changed forever when Thomas, my youngest son, died.
“I’m devastated, I’m devastated. I wish I could turn back the clock, but I can’t. In the blink of an eye, I’ve lost all three of my sons. My whole life is broken to pieces and no one can fix it for me.’