Seven gang members jailed for total of 146 years for fatally stabbing a 16-year-old boy in Manchester | UK News

Seven gang members have been sentenced to a total of 146 years in prison for fatally stabbing a 16-year-old boy in a Moston, Greater Manchester Police has said.

Alexander “John” Soyoye, 16, was attacked by a group of 13 males with bats and other weapons before he was fatally stabbed by the gang who filmed the incident.

The seven males aged between 16 and 23 have received sentences between 16 and 24 years and were found guilty of murder and violent disorder.

Gareth Davies, Detective Chief Inspector at GMP’s major incident team, said: “This was a horrific, violent and senseless assault that cost a young boy his life.

“No family or parent should ever have to receive the news from police that their son or daughter has been brutally murdered in the street.”

“Knives ruin lives – not only for the families impacted by knife crime but also for those who carry them,” he added.

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Alexander ‘John’ Soyoye was attacked by a group of 13 males in Moston

The group walked along Moston Lane in the direction of Kenyon Lane, Moston, on 5 November, 2020. They pulled out weapons as they reached the junction and ran at another group where Mr Soyoye was, Manchester Crown Court heard.

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One of the gang members, Brent Tchipenda, fought with Mr Soyoye, who along with his group had attempted to flee when they realised he had been injured.

The larger group pursed them on foot towards Birchenall Street, and when Mr Soyoye became isolated as he slowed due to his injuries he was attacked again.

He fell to the ground, where he was surrounded by nine of the males and subjected to a violent attack as they continually struck, stabbed, slashed and kicked him, while the whole assault was filmed by one of the group.

Members of the public came to his aid but Mr Soyoye died at the scene.

Mr Tchipenda, 19, got a taxi to Royal Oldham Hospital’s A&E department and claimed that he had been a victim of an assault in Oldham.

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The attack took place in Birchenall Street

The others who were in the taxi left, taking Tchipenda’s rucksack and blood-stained clothes.

Detectives were suspicious of Tchipenda’s explanation of his injuries and he was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The other members gang members: Francesco Raji; Christopher Semedo; Nelson Correria, Octavio Antonio and a 16-year-old boy who cannot be named were all subsequently arrested and items were seized including phones and clothing used on the night of the murder.

Following an 11-week trial between October and December last year, Raji, 19, and Semedo, 23, both of Oldham, were jailed for 21 years and 24 years respectively.

Tchipenda, 19, of Gorton, was sentenced to 21 years; Antonio, 19, of Blackley, received 20 years; Ismael Correia, 20, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 20 and a half years; Correria, 22, of Oldham, was imprisoned for 23 and a half years.

The 16-year-old was jailed for 16 years.

All seven were found guilty of murder and violent disorder.

Mohammed Al-Jaf, 21, of Manchester, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder and will be sentenced at a later date.

The phones of the five males were seized and a video was found of two of the attackers bragging about the murder.

Drill lyrics were also found which referenced the death of ‘MD’ – a nickname used by the victim.

Five other suspects are still wanted for questioning and are believed to have left the UK shortly after the murder.

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