Families of three young men jailed over Moss Side 'gang' murder apply to review their convictions
26.05.2023 - 18:39
The families of three young men who were jailed after the murder of a teenager in Moss Side have submitted an application to refer their cases to the court of appeal.
Durrell Goodall and Reano Walters were both found guilty of the murder of 18-year-old Abdul Hafidah, who was stabbed to death in the south Manchester suburb in 2016.
Eleven men, including Goodall and Walters, were convicted of his murder or manslaughter after being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service with the killing itself - under joint enterprise law.
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Goodall, who was 20 at the time of the trial at Manchester Crown Court in 2017, was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years and Walters, who was 18, was detained for life with a minimum of 20 years.
Another man, Nathanial Williams, who was 17 at the time, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 19 years after being convicted of driving a car that ran down and hit Mr Hafidah.
Mr Hafidah was a member of the ‘Rusholme Crips’ street gang, the court previously heard. The 11 men convicted over his death were said to be members of, or had affiliations with, a rival gang based in Moss Side known as ‘Active Only’, or AO.
Prosecutors alleged that all of the young men involved in the case were part of AO and allegedly pursued Mr Hafidah, who was said to have walked into 'enemy territory' on Westwood Street in Moss Side.
Mr Hafidah, the court heard, was spotted by members of the AO gang, who chased him before he was knocked down by a Vauxhall Corsa on Moss Lane East then ‘cornered’.
Campaigners claim that proof that 10 of the men were involved in a gang was non-existent. The families of Williams, Goodall and Walters claim their sons