FOUR men jailed for life over the murder of a Sheffield teenager gunned down on a city street are bidding for freedom next week when they appeal against their convictions.
Nigel Junior Ramsey, his brother Denzil Ramsey, their next door neighbour Levan Menzies and pal Michael Chattoo are hoping to have their convictions overturned at the Court of Appeal in London next Wednesday due to new evidence their lawyers say has come to light.
The men were jailed for a total of 110 years in July 2009 after being found guilty of murdering 17-year-old Tarek Chaiboub, who was shot dead at a city barber’s on Spital Street, Burngreave, in 2008.
Sheffield Crown Court was told the men were all part of the S3 postcode gang operating in Burngreave and Pitsmoor, with Nigel Ramsey – known on the streets as ‘The General’ – said to have been in charge of the younger members.
He was convicted of murder on the grounds that he ordered the shooting of Tarek from his prison cell where he was serving time for a stabbing.
Ramsey is said to have recruited his brother, neighbour and pal to carry out the hit as a revenge attack.
The court heard he and other S3 members blamed Tarek, of Castledine Gardens, Wincobank, for passing information that led to the near-fatal stabbing of another gang member.
Tarek was carrying a gun when he was killed.
Ramsey, 25, of Andover Street, Burngreave, who is said to have used a smuggled mobile phone to arrange the killing, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years; his ‘lieutenant’ Chattoo, 23, of Daniel Hill Street, Upperthorpe, was jailed for a minimum of 30 years; Ramsey’s 22-year-old brother Denzil got 25 years and ‘foot soldier’ Menzies, 19, received at least 20 years.
A fifth man, Javan Galloway, 23, of Nottingham Street, Burngreave, was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of attempted murder for a knife attack on Tarek a week before his death.
Sentencing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Griffith Williams said the murder was ‘pre-meditated’ and the gang had ‘planned to kill one of their own’.
During their trial it was claimed that the S3 postcode gang was imploding at the time and separate warring factions had developed, with Tarek Chaiboub said to have had a foot in both camps.
He was held responsible for passing information to a faction of the gang leading to the near-fatal stabbing of Nigel and Denzil Ramsey’s cousin.