Former Sheffield postcode gang member jailed

Floral tributes to Tarek Chaiboub  outside the barbers shop on Spital Street.    15 July 2008
Floral tributes to Tarek Chaiboub outside the barbers shop on Spital Street. 15 July 2008
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A former Sheffield postcode gang member whose stabbing led to a revenge murder has been jailed again for knocking a man out cold in the city centre and sending threatening text messages to his former partner.

Junior Anthony Liversidge, now aged 25, was a ‘whisper from death’ when he was stabbed multiple times as part of an internal feud between members of the S3 postcode gang in 2008.

Liversidge, described at the time by a judge as ‘no angel’, was stabbed all over his body by two former friends Isiah Nelson and Esmond Thompson, following the murder of fellow gang member Brett Blake.

The attack on Liversidge led directly to the murder of S3 gang member Tarek Chaiboub, 17, a few weeks later.

Liversidge’s cousin Nigel Junior Ramsey organised the killing from behind bars after blaming Tarek for helping Thompson and Nelson track Liversidge down.

Then nine months after the attack he was jailed for 30 months for slashing a 15-year-old boy across his wrist –leaving him with an eight centimetre wound which cut through to the bone.

Liversidge was back at Sheffield Crown Court after he admitted punching a man outside a bar in Sheffield city centre, knocking him out cold.

He also admitting breaching a restraining order by sending abusive text messages to the mother of his daughter last February telling her: “You are using her as a weapon. I’m going to get you hurt, you fat bitch.

“I’m going to put you in a coma.

“If you keep her from me I will end you.

“I will set everyone’s house on fire, witch.

“I’ll come into your school and punch you up, just hurry up and die.

“I’ll show you what crazy is, test me.”

Carl Fitch, prosecuting, said Liversidge felled Abdul Khalid, 34, outside the Jocosa bar on West Street on September 14 last year after Mr Khalid put his arms around Nikita Godfrey who had been ejected from the club.

“Miss Godfrey was trying to get back in to the club. He decide to hold her around the waist to stop her getting back in,” said Mr Fitch.

In CCTV footage played to the court, Liversidge was seen approaching Mr Khalid and delivering a single punch.

“One punch from Liversidge knocks him backwards on to the road,” said Mr Fitch.

His co-defendant Nicola Ann Smith was caught on CCTV stamping on him twice.

Mr Khalid suffered a broken front tooth, pain, cuts and bleeding.

Mr Fitch said the restraining order against Liversidge, of Windyhouse Lane, Manor, Sheffield, was put in place in 2010 after he was convicted of harassing his ex-partner.

The couple made contact again before Christmas 2012 so Liversidge could have more contact with his daughter but fell out.

Mr Fitch said of the messages: “They were abusive and threatening and scared her.”

The court heard Liversidge had 15 convictions for 21 offences, including assaulting a PC, affray, battery, causing actual bodily harm to a police officer and the wounding offence in 2009.

Jailing him for seven months, Recorder Simon Kealey said: “They were very serious text messages indeed, threatening her with violence and setting her house and car on fire.

“It made her very frightened. It is so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

Smith, 33, of Myrtle Road, Heeley, Sheffield, was given a nine-month jail term suspended for 12 months and 150 hours’ community service.