Three violent thieves have been sentenced after a horrific attack on the brothers of Premier League footballers Marcus Rashford and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Talleko Lemonious, 27, Tariq Dervan, 22, and Romario Harmer, 21, denied any involvement in the robbery of five men, including Dane Rashford and Tyler Alexander-Arnold, at Moss Side’s Little Rock café.
Jurors at Minshull Street Crown Court convicted all three men guilty of possessing a sawn-off shotgun with a double barrel, as well as a machete and a baseball bat.
Dervan, from Staffordshire, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison, while Harmer, from Old Trafford, Manchester, was sentenced to four years.
Lemonious, from Wythenshawe, was also convicted for possessing a firearm and ammunition in connection with an unconnected incident.
He was imprisoned for a total of 18 years.
Prosecutor Stephen McNally stated that the brothers had gone to Little Rock, a Caribbean takeaway in Moss Side, for breakfast before driving to Brighton to see Liverpool play in the Premier League.
They parked on neighbouring Bowes Street and arrived at the café around 10 a.m.
Ten to fifteen minutes after settling down to eat, three men dressed in black and wearing balaclavas came in, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, machete, and baseball bat.
“They used violence to steal watches, a set of keys and wallets of the five victims. These were high profile victims and had been deliberately targeted,” he said.
The attack left Mr Alexander-Arnold and Mr Rashford with head wounds that required stitches, according to Minshull Street Crown Court.
The bandits fled in the Range Rover and a BMW they had arrived in, but they were apprehended an hour later by police who had accessed the car’s tracker.
They were apprehended at a residence on Boland Drive, where police discovered the stolen watches, wallets, and ski masks.