Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gang Jailed for Total of Years after Brutal Killing 168

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Gang Jailed for Total of Years after Brutal Killing 168

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A TEENAGER was hunted down and killed by members of a rival gang after he strayed into their territory during a 'tit-for-tat' feud.

A judge has now hit out at the 'arrogance' of Manchester's street gang culture as he sentenced 10 men and a 15-year-old boy over the death in May 2016 of Abdul Hafidah, 18.

Seven men were convicted of murder and have been locked up for life. Four others - including the teenage boy - were convicted of manslaughter and also detained at a Manchester Crown Court sentencing hearing.

Their sentences totalled 168 years. Abdul - who had a twin sister - was a member of the 'Rusholme Crips' street gang, the court heard.

The 11 convicted over his death were all linked to a rival Moss Side gang known as 'Active Only', or AO.

Abdul was said to have walked into 'enemy territory' on Westwood Street in Moss Side and was spotted by members of the AO gang, who then chased him before he was knocked down by a Vauxhall Corsa on Moss Lane East then 'cornered.' .

The teenager, who was nicknamed Lansky and a boyhood friend of Manchester Arena bomber and mass murderer Salman Abedi, was punched, kicked and stamped on then left for dead.

He died on May 14, two days after the attack, which took place during the evening rush hour as onlookers watched in horror.

The court heard Abdul, who had armed himself with a knife, was suspected of an earlier bat attack on a member of the rival gang and of threatening another just days before his death. Devonte Cantrill, 20, of no fixed address, plunged a knife into his neck in a 'final act' as he lay on the ground.

Cantrill, who the court heard regarded the Moss Side gang as his 'family', was detained for life with a minimum period of 23 years.

Nathaniel Williams, 19, of Hebburn Walk, Rusholme, was 17 at the time and driving the car that ran down and hit Abdul. …

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