Manchester

Louis Brathwaite: Shooting victim 'unlawfully killed'

Louis Brathwaite
Image caption Louis Brathwaite was shot in a betting shop

A 16-year-old boy shot in a Manchester betting shop five years ago was unlawfully killed, a coroner has ruled.

Louis Brathwaite was shot in the abdomen inside William Hill on Mauldeth Road West, Withington, in January 2008 and died in hospital a fortnight later.

Det Ch Insp Howard Millington said the coroner's proceedings may be over but Louis's family are waiting for justice.

A £50,000 reward, introduced three years ago to catch his killer, is still in place.

Manchester coroner Nigel Meadows recorded the unlawful killing verdict earlier at the Manchester Court Centre.

Det Ch Insp Millington said: "More than five years have passed since Louis was gunned down in cold blood and we remain as resolute as ever to identify this callous killer.

"We have built up a strong intelligence picture but need some key information to turn this into evidence. "

'Revenge attack'

The teenager was inside the betting shop on 28 January when a gunman burst in and fired five shots, also hitting a second man.

The gunman was described as black, between 5ft 7in and 6ft tall and dressed in dark clothing with his face covered.

In March 2010, Manchester Crown Court heard that another gun victim, 16-year-old Giuseppe Gregory, was shot dead in a revenge attack for Louis's killing.

Giuseppe was killed in a pub car park in Stretford on 10 May 2009 while sitting in a car next to a man rumoured to have shot Louis - but who was ruled out of police inquiries.

Louis's friend Hiruy Zerihun, 18, and 19-year-old Njabulo Ndlovu were both jailed for life after being convicted of Giuseppe's murder.

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