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Four men jailed for Salford murder

|News, Violent crime

Four men have been given life sentences for the murder of 17-year-old Josiah Norman in Salford on 21 April 2021.

Mickel Liburd, 18, Kellan Gummery, 18, Dillon Saunders, 19, Kaylan Crankshaw, 28 have been jailed for a minimum total of 75 years. 

Shortly after 8pm Kellan Gummery drove a white Fiat 500 with cloned number plates deliberately towards Josiah Norman and his friend on Peveril Road, Salford. Mickel Liburd got out of the passenger seat with a large knife and began to attack Josiah Norman, followed by Kellan Gummery who attacked him with a small knife.

Dillon Saunders then arrived in a blue Mini, also with cloned number plates. He drove around the Fiat, mounted the pavement, and knocked Josiah Norman to the floor, enabling Liburd and Gummery to continue their attack. He was followed by Kaylan Crankshaw, who got out of the passenger seat of the Mini and joined in with an unknown weapon. 

During the attack Josiah received a fatal blow to the chest when he was on the floor. He was taken to Manchester Royal Infirmary but tragically died just over an hour later.

By 4.35am on the following morning, the two vehicles had been set on fire in Mountford Street, Salford. Mickel Liburd, Kellen Gummery, and Kaylan Crankshaw pleaded guilty to murder earlier this year, Dillon Saunders was found guilty following a 12 day trial at Manchester Crown Court last month.

Carl Miles for the CPS said: "This case illustrates the tragic consequences of knife crime. 

"The four young men armed themselves and set out in a convoy of vehicles. They ambushed and attacked Josiah Norman in the most callous and brutal way. They then tried desperately to get rid of incriminating evidence and fed lies to the police to try and cover up their tracks, fortunately, to no avail.

"Liburd, Gummery and Crankshaw had no choice but to plead guilty to the offence given the overwhelming evidence diligently obtained by the investigation team. Saunders, however, chose to put Josiah's family through the trauma of having to relive Josiah's last moments by pleading not guilty despite what the Judge described as overwhelming evidence of his involvement.

"My thoughts and sympathies are with Josiah's loved ones. Losing him so young and so suddenly to such a senseless attack is devastating. While the sentences that have been handed down by the court today will never be able to replace what they have lost, I hope it gives them some comfort that those responsible have been held accountable for their actions."

Notes to editors

Carl Miles is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West.

Individual sentences:

  • Mickel Liburd was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 15 years
  • Kellan Gummery was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 18 years
  • Dillon Saunders was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years
  • Kaylan Crankshaw was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 21 years.

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