Gang who battered teenager, 19, with baseball bats before stabbing him to death on a BP garage forecourt after a feud with his friend are jailed
A gang who batter a teenager with baseball bats before stabbing him to death on a BP garage forecourt after a feud with his friend have been jailed.
Pavandeep Daudher, 19, suffered a fatal stab wound to his 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 in the forecourt of the petrol 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 ‘quarrel’ that Pavandeep was not even involved in, a court heard.
The gang members each denied carrying out the attack, but were found guilty following an eight-week trial at Warwick Crown Court in October.
They appeared at the same court on Wednesday to be sentenced.
Cornwall was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment, while Kavanagh and McCarron were both jailed for nine years. Lilley will be sentenced at a later date.
The court heard that Pavandeep’s friend, Zaakier Challoner, 21, had got into a row the day before the attack, which resulted in a window being broken at Lilley’s home.
Jason Cornwall, 34, was sentenced to 11 years’ imprisonment at 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 Pavandeep’s friend, Zaakier Challoner, 21, had got into a row the day before the attack, which resulted in a window being broken at Lilley’s home
Pavandeep Daudher, 19, was fatally stabbed after being beaten with a baseball bat outside a petrol station in Coventry
Threatening texts were later sent from Lilley’s phone to a friend of Mr Challoner saying: ‘One of your friends will end up in curtains.’
The men went looking for Mr Challoner later the same day and spotted his silver Audi A3 at the petrol station at around 11pm.
The defendants, all wearing masks inside a dark grey Ford Kuga on false plates, arrived and jumped out the vehicle before launching the vicious attack outside a Shop N Drive store.
CCTV showed that they were armed with weapons including baseball bats, poles and knives.
Pavandeep was knocked to the ground, where he had his bag stolen before suffering a nine-centimetre deep wound to the leg.
Prosecutor Edward Brown QC said during the trial: ‘This was planned, it was organised, and it was fatal.
‘Pavandeep Daudher died as a result of the attack. He was stabbed and bled to death.
‘It came as a result of a perceived sleight over a minor incident at the home of Ethan Lilley. It involved a broken window and abuse being shouted at Ethan Lilley.’
The men also chased after Mr Challoner in the Kuga and rammed his Audi in nearby Station Street East before smashing its windows with baseball bats.
He was robbed of his bag and jacket before being stabbed in his foot.
He later said in a statement: ‘I will feel guilty to the day I die that he died and I wasn’t able to do anything to save him.’
The men left and the Kuga was later found burned out on grassland in the Willenhall area of the city.
CCTV footage from the area and mobile phone records linked the four men not only to each other, but also showed they were in the Kuga on the day of the killing.
Passing sentence, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano told the court: ‘In an incident which lasted less than a minute, you attacked Pavandeep Daudher.
‘He was fatally stabbed, and you left him bleeding to death as you left to pursue Zac Challenor.
Rescue teams rushed to the petrol station just before 11pm, 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 suffering a stab wound to the leg
‘I have no doubt had he not been trapped in his car so you could not properly get at him, he would have been seriously injured as well.
‘Whatever the cause of the quarrel, and whether Pavandeep was even a true target or just unlucky, this was a quarrel for which this teenager paid the ultimate price.
‘It is not possible to see [on the CCTV] which man stabbed him. The prosecution case is that it was not any 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 at this savage and senseless crime can only be imagined.’
Lilley, Cornwall and McCarron were also convicted of robbery in relation to the attack on Zaakir. Kavanagh was found not guilty of the charge.
During a second connected trial in October, a fifth man, Callum Bowman, 30, was found not guilty of manslaughter and robbery.
Lucas Hutchinson and a second man, who can’t be named for legal reasons, were convicted of assisting an offender after they helped 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 assisting an offender by helping to destroy and dispose of the stolen Kuga used in the stabbing
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Inspector Stuart Mobberley, of West Midlands Police CID, said a mother had been ‘robbed’ of her only child.
He added: ‘This vicious attack was sparked by an apparently low level dispute which spiralled into such violence that a mother has been robbed of her only child.
‘Today our thoughts remain with her and the rest of Pavandeep’s family. I can only hope that this sentencing will bring some comfort at this difficult and upsetting time.
‘Knife crime and violence do not have a place in our communities and the consequences can be devastating, as they have been for Pavandeep’s family.
‘And this investigation shows that we will not only pursue those people directly involved in knife crime, but also those who try to help them evade justice.’