A gang who beat a teenager with baseball bats before stabbing him to death in the forecourt of a BP garage after a feud with his friend has been jailed.
Pavandeep Daudher, 19, was fatally injured in the leg after being jumped by masked thugs armed with bats and knives in Holbrooks, Coventry on March 31 last year.
The teenager was found in a pool of blood on the forecourt of the gas station before later dying in hospital.
Jason Cornwall, 34, Riley Kavanagh, 20, Kane McCarron, 18, and Ethan Lilley, 24, carried out a planned revenge attack in retaliation for a low-level ‘feud’ in which Pavandeep was not even involved, a court said.
The gang members each denied carrying out the attack, but were found guilty after an eight-week trial at Warwick Crown Court in October.
They appeared before the same court on Wednesday to be sentenced.
Cornwall was sentenced to 11 years in prison, while Kavanagh and McCarron were both sentenced to nine years in prison. Lilley will be sentenced at a later date.
The court heard that Pavandeep’s friend Zaakier Challoner, 21, had argued the day before the attack, which resulted in a broken window at Lilley’s home.
Jason Cornwall, 34, was sentenced to 11 years in Warwick Crown Court for his role in the stabbing
Riley Kavanagh (left) and Kane McCarron (right) were each jailed for nine years at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday
Ethan Lilley (pictured), 24, of Coventry, will be sentenced for manslaughter at a later date. The court heard that Pavandeep’s friend Zaakier Challoner, 21, had an argument the day before the attack, which resulted in a broken window at Lilley’s home.
Pavandeep Daudher, 19, was fatally stabbed after being beaten with a baseball bat outside a gas station in Coventry
Threatening texts were then sent from Lilley’s phone to a friend of Mr Challoner, saying: ‘One of your friends will end up in the curtains. ”
The men picked up Mr. Challoner later that same day and spotted his silver Audi A3 at the gas station around 11 p.m.
The defendants, all wearing masks inside a dark gray Ford Kuga on fake license plates, arrived and jumped out of the vehicle before launching the vicious attack outside a Shop N Drive store.
CCTV showed they were armed with weapons, including baseball bats, poles and knives.
Pavandeep was knocked to the ground, where he had his bag stolen before sustaining a nine-centimeter deep injury to his leg.
Prosecutor Edward Brown QC said during the trial: “It was planned, it was organized and it was fatal.
“Pavandeep Daudher died as a result of the attack. He was stabbed and bled to death.
“This is the result of a perceived sleight of hand over a minor incident at Ethan Lilley’s home. It was a broken window and insults shouted at Ethan Lilley.
The men also chased Mr. Challoner into the Kuga and crashed into his Audi in nearby Station Street East before smashing his windows with baseball bats.
He was stripped of his bag and jacket before being stabbed in the foot.
He then said in a statement: “I will feel guilty until the day I die of his death and I could not do anything to save him. “
The men left and the Kuga was later found burnt in the grasslands of the city’s Willenhall district.
CCTV footage of the area and cellphone recordings linked the four men not only to each other, but also showed that they were in the Kuga on the day of the murder.
While delivering her sentence, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told the court: “In an incident that lasted less than a minute, you attacked Pavandeep Daudher.
“He was fatally stabbed and you left him bleeding to death while chasing Zac Challenor.”
Rescue teams rushed to the gas station just before 11 p.m., but Pravandeep later died in hospital
The 19-year-old was found in a pool of blood on the forecourt of a BP garage in Holbrooks after sustaining a leg injury.
“I have no doubt that if he hadn’t been trapped in his car so you couldn’t reach him properly, he would have been seriously injured as well.
“Whatever the cause of the feud, and whether Pavandeep was even a real target or just unlucky, it was a feud for which this teenager paid the ultimate price.
‘It is not possible to see [on the CCTV] what man stabbed him. The charge is that it wasn’t one of you three or Lilley, but that it was a fifth man.
“Pavandeep Daudher was a young boy on the threshold of life, he had a bright future ahead of him and he was a much loved only son. The grief of this savage and senseless crime can only be imagined.
Lilley, Cornwall and McCarron were also convicted of robbery in connection with the Zaakir attack. Kavanagh was found not guilty of the charge.
In a second related trial in October, a fifth man, Callum Bowman, 30, was found not guilty of manslaughter and robbery.
Lucas Hutchinson and a second man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, have been convicted of aiding an offender after helping to destroy and dispose of the stolen Kuga.
Hutchinson, 19, of Coventry, was jailed for three years.
Lucas Hutchinson (pictured) was jailed for three years after being convicted of aiding an offender by helping to destroy and dispose of the stolen Kuga used in the stabbing
Speaking after the conviction, Detective Inspector Stuart Mobberley of the West Midlands Police CID said a mother was ‘stolen’ from her only child.
He added: “This vicious attack was sparked by a seemingly low-intensity dispute that escalated into such violence that a mother had her only child stolen.
“Today our thoughts remain with her and the rest of Pavandeep’s family. I can only hope that this conviction will bring some comfort in this difficult and overwhelming time.
“Knife crime and violence have no place in our communities and the consequences can be devastating, as they were for Pavandeep’s family.
“And this investigation shows that we will not only prosecute those directly involved in knife crime, but also those who try to help them escape justice.” “
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