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Prosecuting Homicide

Murder and manslaughter are two of the offences that constitute homicide.

Manslaughter can be committed in one of three ways:

  1. killing with the intent for murder but where there is provocation, diminished responsibility or a suicide pact.
  2. conduct that was grossly negligent given the risk of death, and resulted in death.
  3. conduct, taking the form of an unlawful act involving a danger of some harm, that caused death.

With some exceptions, the crime of murder is committed, where a person:

  • of sound mind and discretion (i.e. sane):
  • unlawfully kills (i.e. not self-defence or other justified killing)
  • any reasonable creature (human being)
  • in being (born alive and breathing through its own lungs)
  • under the Queen's Peace
  • with intent to kill or cause grievous bodily harm.

There are other specific homicide offences, for example, infanticide, causing death by dangerous driving, and corporate manslaughter.

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Eleven convicted of killing 18-year-old in Moss Side


Eleven defendants from Manchester have been convicted of the homicide of 18-year-old Abdul Wahab Hafidah in Manchester's Moss Side in May 2016 after he strayed into an area said to be 'territory' of a particular gang.

Abdul Wahab Hafidah was stabbed and beaten by the gang on a busy main road in rush hour in front of numerous witnesses.

Some of the gang were armed with weapons, including a knife and a hammer. They cornered their victim and then violently assaulted him as he tried to escape. Abdul was run over by a car driven by one of the defendants before he was stabbed, punched and kicked by the group until he was unconscious. He died in hospital two days later from his injuries.

After two trials seven defendants were found guilty of murder and three of manslaughter. One further defendant pleaded guilty to manslaughter. They will all be sentenced in September.

Alan Richardson, from the CPS, said: "This was a vicious and sustained attack on an 18-year-old man on a busy street in the middle of the rush hour. Abdul Wahab Hafidah was completely outnumbered by the defendants and had no possibility of defending himself. The defendants chased him as a pack, cornered him and then subjected him to an extremely violent assault.

"The evidence presented in court by the CPS included many hours of CCTV, over 20 eyewitness accounts and compelling DNA evidence. We were able to prove to the jury that these defendants were jointly involved in the violence that led to Abdul Wahab Hafidah's death. The convictions of 11 defendants for murder or manslaughter demonstrates the strength of the case that we brought against them.

"Our thoughts remain with Abdul Wahab Hafidah's family and friends as they come to terms with their loss."


Trial 1

  • Delroy Wright - Guilty of Murder
  • Durrell Ford - Guilty of Murder
  • William George - Guilty of Manslaughter
  • Devonte Neish - Guilty of Manslaughter
  • A 15-year-old boy - Guilty of Manslaughter
  • Devonte Cantrill - Guilty of Murder
  • Nathaniel Williams - Guilty of Murder

Trial 2

  • Remekell Samuels - Pleaded guilty to manslaughter
  • Reano Walters - Guilty of murder
  • Cordell Austin - Acquitted
  • Trey Wilson - Guilty of murder
  • Durrell Goodall - Guilty of murder


Notes to Editors

  1. Alan Richardson is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit
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