Two more young men face life sentences after being found guilty of murdering a teenage boy. Ryan Cashin, 19, was previously found guilty of murdering 16-year-old Rhamero West after stabbing him to death at Old Trafford.
Now a jury has also convicted 20-year-old Giovanni Lawrence and a 17-year-old boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, of murder under the joint enterprise law. Prosecutors did not allege that they attacked Rhamero, but said the 17-year-old had ran at Rhamero with a knife prior to the killing, and Lawrence was alleged to be driving a stolen BMW which pursued Rhamero.
The joint enterprise law allows those deemed to have ‘assisted or encouraged’ an offense to be convicted. Xavaiour Wynter, 18, also alleged to be a driver of pursuing stolen BMW, was found not guilty and discharged from the dock.
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The verdicts came after a month long trial at Manchester Crown Court. Cashin was found guilty on Friday, and jurors convicted Lawrence and the 17-year-old by a majority verdict on Monday afternoon.
There were emotional scenes in the public gallery as the verdicts were announced. Cashin, Lawrence and the 17-year-old are due to be sentenced next month.
Prosecutors were not able to point to a motive for the brutal killing but said Rhamero, a nephew of former Man-City star Shaun Wright-Phillips, was relentlessly hunted down before being murdered. Rhamero was driving a stolen BMW and was with friends on the Princess Parkway on September 9 last year, when he was spotted.
The 17-year-old defendant got out of one of the two stolen BMWs while Rhamero’s car was stationary in traffic, and started attacking the car with a ‘large knife’. Rhamero then desperately tried to get away, driving too fast and crashing into another car and ploughing into a tree.
They got out of the damaged car and ran for their lives. The 17-year-old defendant chased Rhamero armed with a knife, the jury heard. Cashin, of Nancy Street, Manchester, joined the chase and took the weapon from the 17-year-old before stabbing Rhamero to the legs in a front garden on Norton Street.
The killer shouted something like ‘arr got you!’, as a neighbor screamed at him to stop. Prosecutors alleged that Mr Lawrence and Mr Wynter were the drivers of two stolen BMWs which had pursued Rhamero through the streets, pointing to mobile phone cell site date and DNA evidence.
They claimed that the four defendants then regrouped in a taxi hours after the killing. At trial, the 17-year-old admitted he had pursued Rhamero but said he just wanted to ‘scare’ him. The teen claimed he and others had followed Rhamero after seeing him drive at a drug dealer ‘as if he was going to run him over’.
“I weren’t happy about what I had just seen, I wanted to speak to him about it,” the defendant told jurors. Mr Lawrence, of Colgrove Avenue, Manchester, and Mr Wynter, of no fixed address, did not give evidence during the trial.
After his death, Rhamero’s family said: “We are all devastated and are now left with an empty hole in our hearts. Mero was a beautiful soul and got on with everyone who he met. He will be sadly missed, lots of love son, we will love you forever – mum, dad, Remi and not forgetting your nephew Caerus.
“We will make sure he will never forget you. Each and everyone in the family right now wishes you were still here. Sleep tight baby boy till we meet again. We love you forever.”