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Minor incident led to fatal stabbing of Stratford Town player Cody Fisher, court told

STRATFORD Town footballer Cody Fisher was stabbed to death inside a nightclub as a “planned act of retribution” after a minor incident on Christmas Eve involving one of his three killers, a court has heard.

Jurors at Birmingham Crown Court were told Remy Gordon carried out “awful revenge” on Boxing Day 2022, after Mr Fisher, from Studley, made brief “unavoidable” contact with his back while leaving a crowded bar with a friend two days earlier.

Gordon, 23, is standing trial alongside Kami Carpenter, 22, and 19-year-old Reegan Anderson, who all deny murdering Mr Fisher, a PE coach at St Gregory’s School in Stratford, at the Crane nightclub in Digbeth.

Opening the case against the trio on Tuesday (16th January), prosecutor Michael Duck KC told jurors: “The prosecution say that these three were part of a joint attack in which each either had or knew of the existence of knives.”

Mr Fisher, 23, was stabbed in the chest, penetrating a valve in his heart, and was pronounced dead at the scene, the court heard, while a close friend of the victim was chased and kicked but managed to get to his feet and escape.

Cody Fisher. Photo: STFC
Cody Fisher. Photo: STFC

Explaining the alleged motivation for the killing, Mr Duck said: “The prosecution say this was a joint and planned attack involving extreme violence. It was not a matter of chance that Cody Fisher was attacked. It was not a flash of temper – it was a planned act of retribution.”

Saying the jury may find it difficult to comprehend the potential reason behind the attack, Mr Duck added: “The loss of Cody Fisher’s life appears to relate to a minor falling out he had with Remy Gordon approximately 48 hours before his death.”

The earlier incident took place at the Popworld club in Solihull, Mr Duck said.

“It was packed,” Mr Duck said of the venue. “The inevitable consequence is that in that sort of environment people are going to come into contact with each other.

“It’s simply unavoidable.

“There was a brief coming together of Cody Fisher and Remy Gordon that night.

“Cody Fisher (and the close friend who was later chased at the Crane nightclub) were making their way towards the exit.

“Necessarily they had to move through a crowd of people. Tragically, amongst that crowd was Remy Gordon.

A fundraising football match was held following the death of Cody Fisher. Photo: Mark Williamson
A fundraising football match was held following the death of Cody Fisher. Photo: Mark Williamson

“Cody Fisher it seems did little more than touch Remy Gordon’s back. Remy Gordon was looking for an argument with somebody.”

Referring to social media messages subsequently sent by Gordon, Mr Duck told the jury: “It’s plain from evidence which has been obtained that rather than Mr Gordon simply acknowledging there had been no malice… he decided to challenge Cody Fisher.”

Mr Fisher was not prepared to apologise, having done nothing wrong and been threatened with violence, the court heard, and left the club with his friend.

Mr Duck said of Gordon: “He was set on retribution that ultimately was to lead to the loss of Cody Fisher’s young life in the Crane nightclub.

“The strength of his resentment can be gleaned from messages sent within about 50 minutes of the encounter in Popworld.

“He felt rather embarrassed and frustrated that he had been unable to intimidate a member of the public.”

It is alleged Gordon sent messages on Snapchat to friends around 45 minutes after the initial incident, appealing for help to identify a photograph showing Mr Fisher and threatening to “shank him up”.

“The prosecution say within three-quarters of an hour of that minor incident taking place in Popworld you see the way Remy Gordon felt about it and what he intended to do about it,” Mr Duck said.

Gordon, of Cofton Park Drive, Birmingham, and Carpenter and Anderson, both of no fixed address, also deny a charge of affray.

The trial continues.

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