Four teenage boys jailed for killing of Ramarni Crosby
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Four teenagers who fatally stabbed another boy to death have been sentenced to a total of more than 36 years in prison.
Levi Cameron, Shai Howes and Oisin Barrett were found guilty of the manslaughter of 16-year-old Ramarni Crosby in 2021.
A fourth man, Callum Charles-Quebella, had pleaded guilty to his manslaughter.
The four, who were described by the judge as ‘ferocious animals’, were sentenced for the killing at Bristol Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 27 July.
It follows a two-month trial in which a group of eight boys and men had been accused of murdering Ramarni.
Cameron, Charles-Quebella, Howes and Barrett were found not guilty of murder. The other four werecleared of having any involvement in Ramarni’s death.
The teenager was fatally stabbed on Stratton Road, Barton, on 15 December 2021.
Cameron, aged 19, and of Stanway Road, Gloucester, was sentenced to 12 years and five months with a further three years on license. Co-defendant Charles-Quebella, aged 18, and of Midland Road, Gloucester was handed an eight year and five month prison term, with a further three years to be served on license.
Shai Howes, 16, and of York Road, Gloucester, was sentenced to eight years and nine months, while Oisin Barrett, aged 16, and of Lynton Road, Hucclecote, was given seven years and six months. Both will serve them in a young offender institution.
It is the first time that the two 16-year-olds have been named after reporting restrictions were lifted yesterday following an application by the media.
During the trial, the jury heard that Ramarni and his friends had arranged to meet some of the defendants in Gloucester on 15 December 2021 following an altercation the week before.
After a confrontation, Ramarni's friends were able to run off, but the 16-year-old was stabbed in the back before he could escape. He collapsed in the street and died shortly after.
Ramarni's grandmother, Viv Clifford, spoke to the court of the impact his death had on her and her family.
She said: "The impact on the lives of myself and family is colossal. We know our lives will never be the same again.
"Losing Marni has made me feel like I didn't protect him or I let him down, even though the rational part of my brain knows that the people responsible are the defendants. I continue to blame myself that, if I had done something different, he would still be here.
"I am haunted by the way that he died and my mind is plagued by the thought of him dying alone; I have nightmares about it and I wake up in the night screaming.
"No sentence will ever be enough for what we have lost. The outcome we all wish for is Ramarni to be back here where he belongs, but I know that is not possible.
"The loss of Marni is beyond words, something we will carry with us forever; a silent anchor that will prevent us from ever being happy again."
Before sentencing was passed, the court heard that the defendants had all expressed remorse and were making efforts to change their behaviour.
During the hearing, Mrs Justice Johannah Cutts said: "For no good reason at all, this young man was set upon and killed.
"Never has there been a clearer example of the dangers of carrying a knife than this case and the death of this young boy."
CCTV footage was shown during the trial of Cameron and Howes acting out the killing to a friend, before seeming to react with joy to a message telling them the news that Ramarni had died.
Later Barrett wrote lyrics to a song which glorified the death and Charles-Quebella created a mock-up photo of him holding a machete over Ramarni.
Justice Cutts said: "It is disgusting and horrifying that a young boy's death caused such celebrating."
She went on to thank the police officers involved in the case, commending them for their work, before paying tribute to Ramarni's family.
She said: "My thoughts are with the family of Ramarni. I thank them for their dignity through this trial.
"I cannot imagine their loss. The family has this court's sincerest condolences."