Gang convicted over cannabis farm murder

On 18 May at the Old Bailey, Ciaran Stewart, 20, of Hornchurch, Essex, Kelvin Amoako, 18, of Ilford, Greater London and Bartosz Malawski, 28, of Croydon were all sentenced to life for murder.

Stewart will serve a minimum of 26 years, and Amoako and Malawski 22 years each.

Nathan Rainforth, 22, of Pilgrims Hatch, Essex was jailed for seven and a half years, while Donte Simpson-Palmer, 19, from London, was jailed for six years, both for manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery. Rainforth was acquitted of murder.

Charles Reilly, 28, from Mountnessing, Essex, received 10 years and Mohammed Miah, 26, of Romford, Essex, was jailed for six and a half years, both for conspiracy to commit robbery. Reilly was acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

In a separate trial at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday, Jonathan Hedges, 26, of Romford, Nathan Turner, 30, of Brentwood, in Essex, Zach Cutting, 25, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, Glen Hough, 52, of Pilgrims Hatch, Essex and Fabian Szymula, 21, of South Ockendon, Essex, were all convicted of conspiracy to rob.

Turner and Cutting were both acquitted of murder and manslaughter.

They will be sentenced on 30 October, along with Ray Renda, 23, of Pilgrims Hatch, Brentwood, Essex, who had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Isleworth Crown Court to counts of manslaughter and conspiracy to commit robbery.

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