The devastated family of Jordan Thomas have said they will never forgive his killers.
Speaking outside Sheffield Crown Court after one of the 22-year-old’s murderers was brought to justice, his grandmother Lynn Hamblett said the family were struggling to recover from what had happened to him.
She said: “This was an execution, they planned this, they hunted him down for almost three days and they murdered him without any thought for the consequences.
“These kind of people don’t belong in a civilised society when they can commit these sort of atrocities, because that is what it is.
“They nearly murdered Jordan’s friend who was in the car with him as well.
“I will never forgive them.”
Ms Hamblett also encouraged anyone who may have information about others involved in the killing to come forward.
“Find the courage to speak out. Let’s try and stop this killing,” she said.
Ms Hamblett also criticised the conduct of defence barristers in the case, who she said had likened the trial to ‘being like the Big Brother house’ at one stage, which she said was ‘particularly disrespectful’.
“There were no lengths they wouldn’t stoop to to undermine their own client’s role,” she said.
“There was no compassion at all for the loss of a life.”
She said despite frequent attempts in court to link Jordan with drug dealing, he had never been arrested or convicted of any offence related to drugs.
Members of Mr Thomas’ family read a series of emotional statements out in court prior to Ahmed being sentenced.
His girlfirend Rakaia Wiggan, who had been in a relationship with him for seven years, said he had a ‘beautiful soul and always took care of me’.
She said he was her best friend and has been deeply affected by his death.
“I no longer feel safe and secure in my own city,” she said.
“The lead up to this court case is the only thing that has kept me going.
“Nothing is ever going to mend my heart but it will give me peace knowing they have been put away.”
Jordan Thomas’ brothers also spoke about their bond with him and said the family have been left grief-stricken by his death.
A statement said: “We will never be at peace again.”