Permission to appeal over gang shooting

FOUR men jailed for the gangland murder of a Sheffield teenager have won the right to challenge their convictions, claiming new forensic evidence has come to light.

They were each imprisoned for life in August 2009 after they were convicted of the killing of 17-year-old Tarek Chaiboub, who was gunned down in Spital Street, Burngreave, the previous summer.

Nigel Junior Ramsey, aged 24, Denzil Ramsey, 21, Levan Menzies, 18, and Michael Chattoo, 23, were all members of the S3 postcode gang and the murder was said to have been ordered by gang leader Nigel Ramsey – known as ‘The General’ – while he was serving time in prison for a stabbing.

London’s Court of Appeal heard that Tarek Chaiboub’s death was the result of rising tensions between rival factions of the S3 gang. The victim was carrying a gun when he was shot in broad daylight.

The convicted men’s lawyers said that new forensic evidence cast doubt on the “safety” of the guilty verdicts and they were granted permission to appeal.

Nigel Ramsey is serving a minimum of 35 years before he becomes eligible for parole and Chattoo must serve at least 30 years behind bars.

Denzil Ramsey and Levan Menzies received minimum sentences of 25 and 20 years respectively but lawyers for Menzies successfully argued that his tarif was harsh considering his age and it was reduced to 17 years.