Still on YouTube, the vi­o­lent ‘drill’ videos blamed for mur­der

Daily Mail - - News - By James Tozer

DIS­TURB­ING ‘drill’ rap mu­sic videos blamed for a sav­age gang mur­der of a col­lege stu­dent are still avail­able to watch on YouTube.

The men­ac­ing footage, which glo­ri­fies drug-deal­ing and threat­ens vi­o­lence against ri­vals, was shown dur­ing the tri­als of eight men who were this week jailed for mur­der­ing 18year-old Sait Mboob in Manch­ester.

Clips with ti­tles in­clud­ing Break­ing Bad and Sup­ply­ing fea­ture boasts about the city’s ‘Gunch­ester’ nick­name as youths in masks and bal­a­clavas brag about their crim­i­nal life­style.

Yet they re­main free to view on the Google-owned video-shar­ing site – com­plete with ad­verts for Bri­tish com­pa­nies in­clud­ing a win­dow firm, a life in­surance provider and a card reader ser­vice. Al­most 90,000 peo­ple have viewed them, with some post­ing slurs on ri­val gangs, il­lus­trat­ing how such clips can fuel in­ner-city vi­o­lence.

Now cam­paign­ers against gangto land vi­o­lence have called for YouTube to re­move the videos.

The row comes af­ter fel­low so­cial me­dia gi­ant Face­book was slammed by Bri­tain’s top po­lice of­fi­cer, Metropoli­tan Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Cres­sida Dick, for fail­ing to do more to as­sist in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Patsy McKie, who set up Moth­ers Against Vi­o­lence af­ter her son Dor­rie was shot dead in 1999 and who has been sup­port­ing Sait’s mother, said: ‘It would be a good thing if YouTube re­moved these videos.

‘We are all in­flu­enced by what we see and hear, and I worry that if vul­ner­a­ble young peo­ple watch them too much, they could start live the things that they show.’ Of­fi­cers in Lon­don have suc­cess­fully ap­plied to have dozens of vi­o­lent ‘drill’ videos re­moved by YouTube, but many more re­main on­line, prompt­ing ma­jor ad­ver­tis­ers to pull out of us­ing the site.

Sait, a tal­ented foot­baller who friends say was not in­volved in street gangs, was hunted down, hit with a stolen car and then stabbed eight times with ma­chetes by a ten-strong masked mob last Au­gust. The bru­tal killing in the Moss Side area of Manch­ester came just six days af­ter one of the videos was put on YouTube by mem­bers of the 7M gang, based in nearby Ard­wick.

Fol­low­ing Sait’s death, his for­mer girl­friend, Do­minique Sa­muels, a pol­i­tics stu­dent at York Univer­sity, said: ‘Be­cause of what’s hap­pened to Sait, some peo­ple will stereo­type. But he wasn’t a gang mem­ber. I think it was be­ing in the wrong place at the wrong time.’

An­drew Thomas QC, prose­cut­ing, told the court: ‘These are young men who are clearly try­ing to use the videos to es­tab­lish their sta­tus as a Manch­ester gang.

‘They shared the com­mon pur­pose of us­ing deadly vi­o­lence against them with the weapons which they were car­ry­ing. The vi­o­lence they used was ex­treme. They did not care whether their vic­tims lived or died.’

All the killers de­nied mur­der and wound­ing with in­tent to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm but all were found guilty and jailed for life.

Laif Mor­gan, 23, was or­dered to serve 19 years while Le­quornne Mor­gan, Re­quan Brown, Ryan Isaacs and Husam Ghaz­an­far, all 19, were each or­dered to serve 18 years. Shayne Stewart, 16, and Ki­ahus Bad­doo, 17, were or­dered to serve 14 years.

Emil Bell, 17, was or­dered to serve a min­i­mum of 17 years at an ear­lier hear­ing.

In a state­ment to the court, Sait’s mother, Ellen Berry, said: ‘We are shocked and paral­ysed by grief and pain and it rips me apart ev­ery day. I will never see Sait grow into a man, get mar­ried or have chil­dren.’

YouTube said it had poli­cies ‘to help tackle videos re­lated to knife crime in the UK’ and worked with po­lice and the Home Of­fice to take ac­tion on gang-re­lated con­tent. Greater Manch­ester Po­lice de­clined to com­ment on the videos.

‘In­flu­enced by what we see’

Vi­o­lence: The 7M gang’s drill video, which was posted on­line six days be­fore the mur­der

Vic­tim: Sait Mboob, left, and an­other still from the 7M gang’s Break­ing Bad drill video

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