Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Clay Edwards Was Jailed for Violent Disorder over Gang-Linked Death

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Clay Edwards Was Jailed for Violent Disorder over Gang-Linked Death

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MURDER victim Clarence 'Clay' Edwards was jailed in connection with a nightclub gang murder, the M.E.N. can reveal.

Dad-of-two John Lee Barrett, 31, was fatally stabbed at a Rochdale nightclub in the early hours of Christmas Day 2011.

Clarence Edwards was one of 12 men jailed in connection with Mr Barrett's death although the identity of the killer remains unknown. Six men were cleared of murder at Manchester Crown Court but convicted of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

Mr Edwards was one of a further six who were never charged with murder but faced a string of other offences.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced to 30 months in prison in March 2013.

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

It is not known when Mr Edwards was released but it is thought he was freed in mid-2014.

During the trial it was said Mr Edwards was part of a gang which stormed Sinclair's bar in Rochdale during a fashion show organised by Mr Barrett and his uncle, the former European light welterweight boxing champion Pat 'The Flash' Barrett. …

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