Two brothers have been jailed for illegally killing their younger siblings who were killed fatally in a horrific attack after a family feud.
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra when he was stabbed three times through an open window by his brother David Rogers, 32, in an attack that lasted only 30 seconds, in Birmingham, on 22 August last year.
Rescue services rushed to the scene and found Mr Rogers collapsing on the street, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital from a stab wound to the chest.
Shocking CCTV footage later showed that David Rogers sank into the car with the magazine before he and his second brother Samuel Rogers escaped.
Today, David Rogers was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murdering Thomas, while 30-year-old Samuel Rogers was jailed for nine years for manslaughter.
David Rogers (left), 32, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty of murder, while Samuel Rogers (right), 30, was jailed for nine years for manslaughter
Thomas Rogers, 26, was a passenger in a Vauxhall Astra when he was stabbed three times in the chest on August 22 last year
Judge Melbourne Inman QC, who ruled on Thursday, told the men: ‘You are brothers and the victim was your younger brother.
‘Thomas was only 26 years old when he was killed, with much of his life ahead of him.’
The judge, who told Samuel Rogers that he should serve two-thirds of his nine-year term before being tried on 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 against their mother had contributed to the breakup of the family.
But he told David and Samuel Rogers, who currently share a prison cell: ‘You were both armed with large knives. This was a particular attack that you David had traveled a considerable distance the day before. ‘
A four-week trial was told that a stab wound penetrated 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 killing, which took place a day after windows were smashed in Samuel Rogers’ home in Nottinghamshire, is said to have been motivated by a feud triggered by a ‘series of reasons’ that led to the victim falling out with several relatives.
At the start of the trial, prosecutor Michael Burrows told the QC in court: ‘David Rogers told police he was not involved in killing his brother – that he was elsewhere.
‘It was a lie and I understand that he has now changed his account and accepts that he had a knife and accepts that he illegally killed his brother but did not intend to kill him or cause really serious harm.’
Shocking CCTV footage showed David Rogers (P1) and Samuel Rogers (P1) getting out of their car before their younger siblings were attacked
The trial heard Thomas Rogers sitting in the passenger seat of a car when he David Rogers (P1) got out of a gray car
Rescue services rushed to the scene and found Mr Rogers collapsing on the street, but he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Jury members were told that Samuel Rogers accepted that he was armed with a knife, but claimed that he was not aware that his older brother had injured anyone.
Still images from CCTV cameras at a nursing home were shown to the jury, including one of a Ford Ka blocking the path to the black Vauxhall Astra Thomas Rogers was sitting in.
Jurors also heard that the victim was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after he was stabbed and that David Rogers of South Shields, Tyne and Wear was arrested in a wooded area of 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 statement on consequences for victims read out for Thursday’s hearing, the siblings’ mother, Carole Rogers, said she thought her older sons would not have left Thomas to die if they had known how badly he was injured.
The grieving mother, who saw the case via an online link, stated: ‘On August 22, 2020, my life changed forever when my youngest son Thomas died.
‘I am broken in heart, I am broken. I wish I could turn the clock back, but I can not. In an instant, I have lost all my three sons. My whole life has been torn to pieces and no one can fix it for me. ‘