Rap­per’s killer, 19, gets life af­ter ‘heat of mo­ment’ at­tack

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ATEENAGER has been locked up for mur­der­ing a pop­u­lar young rap­per.

Nathan Brad­bury, 19, plunged a kitchen knife into the chest of 25-yearold Matty Shaw fol­low­ing an ar­gu­ment be­tween two groups at a Rochdale es­tate.

Mr Shaw’s killer could be heard shout­ing ‘I don’t give a **** ’ af­ter leav­ing Matty, a mem­ber of the Rochdale-based Team23 rap crew, to die.

Brad­bury, of Noble Meadow Perch, Rochdale, re­mained emo­tion­less as he was jailed for life with a min­i­mum term of 16 years.

The teenager had pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted killing Mr Shaw at the Lower Falinge es­tate on Wed­nes­day, May 9.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that Brad­bury had been vis­it­ing a girl at the Mel­rose Flats on the es­tate that evening, along with friend Kaylen Perry.

They had been drink­ing and by 9.30pm that night, Brad­bury ap­peared drunk, the court was told.

A group had gath­ered in the flat down­stairs and an­other man came look­ing for £20 from the girl who lived up­stairs.

Pros­e­cu­tor Rob Hall told the court: “It was known that Brad­bury and (the other man) were in com­pe­ti­tion for the af­fec­tion of the girl and this sit­u­a­tion brought things to a head.”

Brad­bury be­gan shout­ing and push­ing his love ri­val out of the door and the scene quickly es­ca­lated to one of chaos and vi­o­lence, it was heard.

A mem­ber of the other group had, by this point, picked up a gar­den spade.

It is be­lieved that Matty had orig­i­nally grabbed the spade from his friend in the hope to pre­vent fur­ther vi­o­lence.

“Mr Shaw said to his friends, ‘just **** ing leave it’, Mr Hall added. Mean­while, Brad­bury had gone back in­side the flat where he armed him­self with a kitchen knife, de­spite des­per­ate pleas from his friends not to.

As he headed down­stairs with the knife, Matty was re-en­ter­ing the build­ing hold­ing the gar­den spade and the pair met on the stair­well, the court heard.

On­look­ers first be­lieved that Brad­bury had punched Mr Shaw, but it quickly emerged that he had in fact been stabbed in the chest – a blow which proved fa­tal.

In­stead of stop­ping to help Mr Shaw – who lay bleed­ing on the stair­well – Brad­bury took the spade from him and con­tin­ued to chase other mem­bers of the group.

He later fled the scene with the help of Kaylen Perry, who gave him a change of clothes and helped to dis­card the mur­der weapon in the River Spod­den, the court heard.

Perry, 19, of no fixed ad­dress, was jailed for three years along­side Brad­bury af­ter ad­mit­ting as­sist­ing an of­fender.

Brad­bury’s de­fence lawyer, Adam Roxbor­ough, said the stab­bing had oc­curred in the ‘heat of the mo­ment’.

●●Matty Shaw was stabbed to death

●●Nathan Brad­bury

●●Kaylen Perry

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