Six Asian males were handed life sentences on Friday for the murder of 20-year-old Bradley Gledhill after a brutal knife attack in Batley, West Yorkshire last June.
The court heard how Bradley Gledhill and his two friends met their attackers by chance on the evening of 21 June last year when all three were attacked by the Asian gang. There was no evidence of any prior contact between the groups.
Bradley and his friends suffered significant knife injuries needing urgent medical attention, but despite paramedics attending the scene, as well as bystanders attempting first aid, Bradley died from his injuries.
The Asian gang, aged between 17 and 24 all received life sentences for Bradley’s murder. Four of the six were also convicted for the attempted murder of one of Bradley’s friends, with one also sentenced for a Section 18 assault on the third victim.
Usman Karolia, Ahmed Kariola, Nabeel Naseer, Raja Nawaz, Irfan Hussain and Nikash Hussain were convicted following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.
At the trial back in April, the court heard how the six defendants had “acted together as a pack”, stabbing, kicking and stamping on Bradley’s body before leaving him to “literally bleed to death in the street”.
The judge lifted reporting restrictions at the sentencing hearing allowing media to identify two of the gang who are not yet 18 for the first time. The lawyers of Irfan and Nikash Hussain, both of whom are 17, had made submissions for reporting restrictions to remain until their 18th birthdays, but the sentencing judge held that it was in the public interest to lift them immediately.
DCI Vaness Rolfe of West Yorkshire’s Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team said: “This was an horrific offence in which a 20-year-old male has lost his life following an outbreak of violence in which knives were used.
“All three victims were seriously injured with Bradley paying the ultimate price in an incident which vividly demonstrates the dreadful human cost of knife crime.
“Those involved continued to attack Bradley even after he had been wounded and was laid defenceless on the floor. We welcome the sentences imposed on them today for their roles in the joint enterprise murder of a male who, at 20-years old, had his whole life ahead of him.
“The victims did nothing to provoke the horrendous attack on them and officers left no stone unturned to identify and arrest those responsible for this senseless act of violence.
“Our thoughts are with Bradley’s parents and family and the other victims in this case.
“We know that the jailing of these individuals will never compensate for Bradley’s loss but we hope seeing them brought to justice may help bring them a measure of comfort and closure.”