Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Twelve Men Are Jailed, but We May Never Know Who Killed John ; Dad-of-Two Died after 'Terrifying' Assault in Club Group of Men Attacked 'Like a Pack of Wolves'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Twelve Men Are Jailed, but We May Never Know Who Killed John ; Dad-of-Two Died after 'Terrifying' Assault in Club Group of Men Attacked 'Like a Pack of Wolves'

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TWELVE men have been locked up after a man was stabbed to death in a nightclub - but the killer may never be known. Dad-of-two John Lee Barrett, 31, from Harpurhey, died in hospital two days after he was set upon inside a function room at Sinclair's in Rochdale in the early hours of Christmas S Day 2011.

Witnesses described a group of men who stormed the club attacking like a 'swarm of bees' and a 'pack of wolves', Manchester crown court was told.

A private fashion show and dance aimed at Manchester's Afro- Caribbean community was being held at the time.

Mr Barrett was attacked with bottles, glasses, metal poles and ropes with metal attached to them, after he accidentally bumped into one of the group.

He was also targeted by punches and kicks, before he was stabbed in the chest on the dance floor.

Six men were cleared of murder, but convicted of an alternative charge of attempting to cause him grievous bodily harm. Six others - who were never charged with murder - were convicted of a string of other offences.

A judge admitted the person who inflicted the fatal stab wound after the 'terrifying and protracted violent disorder' could not be identified.

Mr Justice Maddison said: "Somebody, and I do not know who, will have to live for the rest of his life in the knowledge that he killed John Barrett.

"I doubt if the conscience of the person or persons responsible will be very much troubled." Mr Barrett's uncle, former European light welterweight boxing champion Pat 'The Flash' Barrett, 45, was also brutally attacked as he battled to protect his nephew.

The court heard Pat Barrett, who helped organise the function, and his nephew had relatives in the show and had driven to Rochdale to collect them.

The event had been widely advertised in south Manchester.

Many of those convicted were said to have links to street gang the Moss Side Bloods, which is affiliated to the Doddington Gang. …

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