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Killer’s 30-year sentence after random attacks unleash panic in Birmingham

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Brave police takedown captured in chilling footage as Antonio Tibere’s reign of terror leaves one dead and lives shattered

In a harrowing incident that shook Handsworth in Birmingham just days before Christmas, Antonio Tibere, 25, went on a chilling knife rampage, resulting in one man dead and several lives forever altered. The dramatic footage captures the bravery of law enforcement as they swiftly apprehend Tibere just minutes after his gruesome attacks.

On December 22, last year, Tibere prowled the streets of Handsworth, selecting victims at random. The shocking events unfolded when he lunged at a 26-year-old woman on Soho Road at 3 am, brandishing an 8-inch blade. Although she survived, she was left severely injured. Seven minutes later, Tibere struck again, fatally stabbing 35-year-old Krystian Debski. His final victim, a 50-year-old man, was attacked three minutes after the fatal stabbing.

In a disturbing turn of events, Tibere livestreamed himself on Facebook Live shortly after the attacks, issuing a bone-chilling warning that he would “kill anyone who comes across me.”

Armed police responded promptly, arriving at the scene 15 minutes after the first attack. Bodycam footage reveals the tense moments as officers subdue Tibere, recovering the blood-stained knife. An officer is heard describing the weapon as an “8-inch blade covered in blood.”

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Tibere, hailing from West Bromwich, pleaded guilty to murder and admitted two charges of attempted murder. Additionally, he acknowledged possessing a bladed article and cocaine. Last Thursday, he was sentenced to life in prison at Woolwich Crown Court, with a minimum term of 30 years.

The two surviving victims of Tibere’s rampage are grappling with life-changing injuries. The randomness and brutality of the attacks underscore the devastating consequences of carrying knives in public spaces.

The investigation relied on crucial evidence, including the Facebook Live stream, DNA from Tibere’s knife connecting him to the victims, and CCTV footage capturing the assailant’s movements and the sequence of attacks.

Detective Inspector Nick Barnes, who led the investigation, commented, “This was a series of vicious and unprovoked attacks on innocent members of the public.” He expressed sympathy for Mr. Debski’s family and emphasized the profound impact of such random attacks, citing them as yet another stark reminder of the consequences of carrying knives in public places.

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