Gang jailed for to­tal of 168 years af­ter bru­tal killing

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PAUL BRIT­TON paul.brit­ @PaulBrit­tonMEN

A TEENAGER was hunted down and killed by mem­bers of a ri­val gang af­ter he strayed into their ter­ri­tory dur­ing a ‘tit-for-tat’ feud.

A judge has now hit out at the ‘ar­ro­gance’ of Manch­ester’s street gang cul­ture as he sen­tenced 10 men and a 15-year-old boy over the death in May 2016 of Ab­dul Hafi­dah, 18.

Seven men were con­victed of mur­der and have been locked up for life. Four oth­ers – in­clud­ing the teenage boy – were con­victed of man­slaugh­ter and also de­tained at a Manch­ester Crown Court sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. Their sen­tences to­talled 168 years. Ab­dul – who had a twin sis­ter – was a mem­ber of the ‘Rusholme Crips’ street gang, the court heard.

The 11 con­victed over his death were all linked to a ri­val Moss Side gang known as ‘Ac­tive Only,’ or AO.

Ab­dul was said to have walked into ‘en­emy ter­ri­tory’ on West­wood Street in Moss Side and was spot­ted by mem­bers of the AO gang, who then chased him be­fore he was knocked down by a Vaux­hall Corsa on Moss Lane East then ‘cor­nered.’

The teenager, who was nick­named Lan­sky and a boy­hood friend of Manch­ester Arena bomber and mass mur­derer Sal­man Abedi, was punched, kicked and stamped on then left for dead.

He died on May 14, two days af­ter the at­tack, which took place dur­ing the evening rush hour as on­look­ers watched in hor­ror.

The court heard Ab­dul, who had armed him­self with a knife, was sus­pected of an ear­lier bat at­tack on a mem­ber of the ri­val gang and of threat­en­ing an­other just days be­fore his death. Devonte Cantrill, 20, of no fixed ad­dress, plunged a knife into his neck in a ‘fi­nal act’ as he lay on the ground.

Cantrill, who the court heard re­garded the Moss Side gang as his ‘fam­ily,’ was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum pe­riod of 23 years.

Nathaniel Wil­liams, 19, of Heb­burn Walk, Rusholme, was 17 at the time and driv­ing the car that ran down and hit Ab­dul. He was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum pe­riod of 19 years. Both were con­victed of mur­der. Del­roy Wright, 18, of no fixed ad­dress; Dur­rell Ford, 20, of Darn­combe Close, Moss Side; Trey Wil­son, 19, of Oak­field Av­enue, Whal­ley Range; Dur­rell Goodall, 20, of Kings Road, Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne, Tame­side; and Reanu Wal­ters, who was 18 at the time and is now 19, were all also con­victed of mur­der af­ter sep­a­rate tri­als.

Wright was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum pe­riod of 19 years. Ford was de­tained for life with min­i­mum pe­riod of 20 years. Wil­son was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum pe­riod of 18 years. Goodall was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum sen­tence of 16 years, and Wal­ters was de­tained for life with a min­i­mum pe­riod of 20 years.

Judge Mr Jus­tice Peter Open­shaw said they would serve the full terms and only be re­leased sub­ject to pa­role board ap­proval.

Wil­liam Ge­orge, 21, of Cowesby Street, Moss Side; Devonte Neish, 18, of Nell Lane, Chorl­ton and a 15-year-old – who can­not be named for le­gal rea­sons – were con­victed of man­slaugh­ter.

Re­mekell Sa­muels, 19, of Caythorpe Street, Moss Side, pleaded guilty to man­slaugh­ter – the only de­fen­dant to ad­mit his guilt in court.

Ge­orge was jailed for 12 years, Neish and Sa­muels de­tained for eight years and the teenage boy – who the court heard was an ‘en­thu­si­as­tic gang younger’ – was de­tained for five years.

Mr Jus­tice Open­shaw said: “Their con­duct dis­plays the ar­ro­gance and ruth­less char­ac­ter­is­tic of street gangs. I hope that th­ese con­vic­tions go some way to dis­pel that il­lu­sion.”

Devonte Cantrill, jailed for life

Del­roy Wright

Dur­rell Goodall

Re­mekell Sa­muels

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