Gang convicted of killing businessman

05/04/2013

Three men from a Coventry gang have been convicted at Warwick Crown Court of the manslaughter of a local businessman.

Gregg Robertson, 25, Glenroy Blackstock, 25 and Shaun Mills, 27, all pleaded guilty to the manslaughter and robbery of Ali Jawaid who was attacked outside a mobile phone shop in Coventry on 9 November 2011.

Other gang member Ryan McTigue, 26, pleaded guilty to the robbery of Mr Jawaid.

All six men which include Lee Taylor, 22, and Liberato Galiazia, 23, also pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and a seventh man, Nigel Barwell, 26, was found guilty of handling stolen goods.

Victoria Jones, Special Casework Lawyer from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Services Complex Casework Unit, said:

"This was a brutal attack which was carried out by a group of dangerous and violent men on a hard working and respected businessman.

"Mr Jawaid was a part-time wholesaler of mobile phones and on the day of the attack, he had purchased a large consignment of mobile phones which were later to be delivered to his retail clients.

"One of the defendants, Shaun Mills, was already in the shop and observed the arrival of the phones. He seized this opportunity to call his fellow defendants to direct and execute the robbery.

"Once his fellow gang members arrived, two of the individuals attacked Mr Jawaid and stole the van containing the phones. The van was later found empty and burnt out near a farm between Coventry and Bedworth.

"Mr Jawid was taken to University Hospital Coventry, but he would later succumb to his injuries.

"The police conducted a comprehensive investigation and through cell site analysis and CCTV footage, they were able to identify the gang. The prosecution was able to use this evidence and build a strong case against all the individuals which has enabled the successful conclusion of this case.

"Our thoughts are today with Mr Jawaid's family and friends."

The defendants will all be sentenced on 10 April at Warwick Crown Court.