Ninth man found guilty of murdering Sait Mboob

Another young man has been convicted of the murder of Sait Mboob. The 18-year-old was killed during a brutal gang attack. Chervon Pinnock, 22, is the ninth person to be found guilty of murdering the college student under the joint enterprise law.

Pinnock was unanimously found guilty after a third Manchester Crown Court trial. Members of Longsight and Ardwick based gang 7M – including a 15-year-old boy – travelled in convoy to launch a knife and machete attack on Sait. Three others were also stabbed.

Pinnock now faces a life sentence. Eight men are already serving similar punishments. At the first trial Emil Bell, then 17, was found guilty and ordered to serve a minimum term of 17 years to be detained at Her Majesty’s Pleasure – the youth equivalent of life.

Sait Mboob was killed during a mass brawl in Moss Side on August 8

At a second trial, Laif Morgan, 23; and Lequornne Morgan, Requan Brown, Ryan Isaacs and Husam Ghazanfar, all 19, were handed life terms.

Kiahus Baddoo, 17; and Shayne Stewart, 16, were also given the youth equivalent of life sentences.

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All eight were handed minimum terms ranging from 14 to 19 years. Prosecutors were not able to say who inflicted the fatal blow. A judge previously said it will ‘probably never be known’.

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The prosecution said all those found guilty were present and part of the attack on Sait.

Jurors heard the murderous rivalry was fuelled by ‘diss videos’ posted online featuring 7M.

Ninth man found guilty of murdering Sait MboobPolice at the scene where Sait Mboob was killed

In the professionally shot music videos, they boasted of how they would take over Moss Side. Their lyrics glorified crime – with tracks named ‘Supplying’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ – and referenced Gunchester, a nickname Manchester acquired in the darkest days of gangland rivalry. One video featured lyrics which grimly foreshadowed Sait’s murder.

In ‘Hammers Up’, Bell refers to a ‘stolen truck’, before saying ‘If you get hit then you won’t get up’. All bar Isaacs were said to be members of 7M. On August 8, 2017, Sait – a talented footballer who played for Hough End Griffins – had been shopping in Manchester city centre with friends ahead of the Moss Side Caribbean Carnival.

He got off the 103 bus in Moss Side, and at about the same time members of 7M were hanging around outside the Golden Gate chippy on Stockport Road near the Manchester Apollo. Bell, a drug dealer who was in Moss Side as part of a recce, called the others to join him and launch the attack.

Ninth man found guilty of murdering Sait MboobEmil Bell, now 18, who was last year sentenced to life detention with a minimum term of 17 years for the murder of Sait Mboob

Soon after, Sait was informed by friends that there were ‘opponents’ in the area. Arriving in Moss Side in a stolen Fiat 500, the car deliberately mounted the pavement to hit Sait and a friend.

Sait and his friends ran away towards Millennium Park, where bollards prevented the cars from entering. The attackers got out of the car and chased on foot. A mass brawl followed, during which Sait was stabbed as there was shouts of ‘dip him’.

Three other men were also knifed. Bell went to hospital after cutting his hand, claiming to have sustained the injury innocently.

Ninth man found guilty of murdering Sait MboobLequornne Morgan, now 20, was jailed for 18 years after being found guilty of Sait’s murder

A knife containing his blood was later recovered. Some members of 7M returned to Ardwick after the attack and went to the Power League five-a-side football complex, where they celebrated what they had done.

Morgan ‘re-enacted’ the stabbings when they arrived. Prosecutors said they were ‘behaving like a victorious football team’. The precise motive for the attack has not been established, but there had been a history between Sait and the gang.

Ninth man found guilty of murdering Sait MboobKiahus Baddoo, 17, was sentenced to 14 years in prison after being found guilty of murder

Members of 7M went looking for Sait in March 2017 at Connell Sixth Form College, in Openshaw, where he was studying business.

A member of staff was punched in the face.

The following month Sait went to Forest Bank prison to visit a friend, and a brawl broke out between 7M, Sait and two of his friends.

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