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Two men jailed for killing clerk Joe O'Brien in Oldham pub fight

Momodou Jallow and Daniel Kamara Image copyright GMP
Image caption Momodou Jallow and Daniel Kamara have both been jailed

Two men who killed a barrister's clerk in a fight outside a pub in Oldham have been jailed.

Joe O'Brien, 24, died after being stabbed at the Royal Oak Hotel pub in Failsworth in April.

Momodou Jallow, 21, of Moston in Manchester, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 22 years at Liverpool Crown Court.

Daniel Kamara, 22, of Failsworth, was found guilty of manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

'Comb not a knife'

Mr O'Brien, who was from Blackley and worked as a clerk at Deans Court Chambers in Manchester, died in hospital from the wounds he sustained in the fight on Oldham Road on 21 April.

Both Jallow, of Ashley Lane, and Kamara, of Beswick Drive, had pleaded not guilty to all counts, but a jury convicted them both on Monday of causing Mr O'Brien's death.

Jallow fatally stabbed Mr O'Brien once in the neck causing a wound that extended to his chest, police said.

Mr O'Brien's mother, Roz McDonald, said after sentencing: "Our Joe's life was taken for no reason whatsoever.

"A life with so much left to do and cherished by so many."

She added: "If a life sentence meant life for the perpetrators and a 10-year minimum sentence for carrying a knife, maybe no one else would have to suffer and the trend would end."

Det Ch Insp Chery Chatterton described the killing as "a despicable act".

"Our thoughts remains with Joe's family who have had to endure the most unimaginably painful ordeal this year and we hope today's verdict can give them some closure," she said.

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