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Six men have been sentenced following the death of 25-year-old Asqeri Spaho in Westcliff.
Two men have each been jailed for life, with a minimum of 32 years, for murder and another four men have each been given a jail sentence of 13 years for their part in an aggravated burglary on December 12, 2019, which led to Mr Spaho being killed.
Leon Wright, 32, of Highbury New Park, London (N5) and Wesley Hendrickson, 32, of Ashford Crescent, Enfield were each sentenced on Friday, April 23 to a minimum 32 years imprisonment for murder. They were also sentenced to 20 years, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of another man who was seriously injured.
They were unanimously found guilty of all charges on Wednesday April 21 following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
Four other men – Durald Sokoli, 28, of Ayley Croft, Enfield, Brian Kinloch, 32, of Beachcroft Way, London (N19), and Scott Heaney, 23, of Hurlock Street, London (N5) and Mitchell Harris, 29, of no fixed abode – were convicted of aggravated burglary at the same trial, but found not guilty of murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder.
The court heard that the group had broken into the address on Tintern Avenue, to steal cannabis that was growing inside.
Police were called to the address just after 4.20am and found Mr Spaho fatally injured. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another man was taken to hospital for treatment to a stomach injury.
The group who had forced entry to the property, the jury heard, discarded their weapons, gloves and a balaclava at the scene, before getting back into a vehicle and driving to London.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Greg Wood, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “Today, I’d like to pay tribute to Asqeri’s family and friends. I know his absence has left a huge void in their lives.
“The six men sentenced today committed crimes driven by greed and violence and, sadly, it cost Asqeri his life.
“Wright and Hendrickson have received lengthy sentences for murder, and the others for their part in the burglary, which rightfully reflects the terrible consequences of that night.
“I want this to be a message to anyone involved in similar circles – we will not tolerate violent crime in Essex, and we won’t let drug crime slip under the radar either.
“My team were not prepared to let this investigation go. They worked meticulously to ensure that these dangerous men are no longer on our streets.
“This result won’t bring Asqeri back, but I hope that his loved ones are comforted by the fact that these perpetrators have been brought to justice.”