Life sentences for youths who murdered Sait MBoob

|News, Violent crime

Five men and two boys have been given life sentences for the murder of 18-year-old Sait Mboob who was attacked close to Millenium Park, Moss Side in August 2017. They were also sentenced for attacking and wounding three other victims.

Sait Mboob was stabbed to death after he was chased through Moss Side by the defendants, who belonged to a rival group calling themselves ‘7M' based in Ardwick and Longsight. Three of his friends, Joel Botchway, Tyrone Hazle and Kashuan Waite, were also attacked and suffered serious injuries. 

The defendants were armed with knives, machetes and at least one hammer and most disguised themselves with masks and balaclavas. They drove after the victims in two cars before chasing them on foot, surrounding them and attacking them. Sait Mboob died from his injuries the next day in hospital. 

Another defendant, Emil Bell, who was 17 at the time of the murder, was also convicted at an earlier trial of Sait Mboob's murder and three counts of wounding with intent. He was sentenced to detention for life and must serve at least 17 years. 

Alan Richardson from the CPS said: "This was a vicious, pre-planned attack by defendants who went armed with weapons intending to use lethal violence against a rival group. As a consequence a young man needlessly lost his life and three other victims suffered serious injuries. 

"The CPS proved to the jury that each one of them played a part in the violence and acted together to chase down, corner and attack their victims. We presented to the jury extensive CCTV footage, eye witness accounts and mobile phone evidence to demonstrate the presence and precise movements of each attacker before and after the violence. The jury unanimously found them all guilty of murder and of three charges of wounding with intent and today they begin life sentences for those crimes. 

"This violence took place in broad daylight on the streets of Manchester causing concern and alarm to members of the public who witnessed it. Violence on our streets is not acceptable. The CPS is determined to work with the police to keep Manchester's communities safe and to bring to justice those who commit violent crime. 

"Sait Mboob's family and friends have been left devastated by their terrible loss. Our thoughts and condolences remain with at this time."

Notes to editors

The defendants were sentenced on 4 September as follows:
Lequornne Morgan
Aged 18 (now 19) Count 1 – Murder; Custody for life – 18 years
Count 2 – S18; 11 years
Count 3 – S18; 11 years
Count 4 – S18; 11 years
Husam Ghazanfar
18 (now 19) Count 1 – Murder; Custody for life – 18 years
Count 2 – S18; 11 years
Count 3 – S18; 11 years
Count 4 – S18; 11 years
Laif Morgan
22 (now 23) Count 1 – Murder; Life imprisonment – 19 years
Count 2 – S18; 11 years
Count 3 – S18; 11 years
Count 4 – S18; 11 years
Ryan Isaacs
18 (now 19) Count 1 – Murder; Custody for life – 18 years
Count 2 – S18; 11 years
Count 3 – S18; 11 years
Count 4 – S18; 11 years
Shayne Stewart
15 (now 16) Count 1 – Murder; Detention at her majesty's pleasure – 14 years
Count 2 – S18; 7 years
Count 3 – S18; 7 years
Count 4 – S18; 7 years
Kiahus Baddoo
16 (now 17) Count 1 – Murder; Detention at her majesty's pleasure – 14 years
Count 2 – S18; 7 years
Count 3 – S18; 7 years
Count 4 – S18; 7 years
Requan Brown
18 (now 19) Count 1 – Murder; Custody for life – 18 years
Count 2 – S18; 11 years
Count 3 – S18; 11 years
Count 4 – S18; 11 years

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