Tairu Jallow: Drug dealer's killers jailed for 10 years each

Tairu Jallow Image copyright Northants Police
Image caption Tairu Jallow died after being stabbed multiple times at his home

Four men have each been jailed for 10 years for the manslaughter of a cannabis dealer during a robbery.

Tairu Jallow, 29, was repeatedly stabbed at his home in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on 14 January 2018.

Ngange Sowe, 30, Babacarr Sylva, 32, and Clever Makande and Kausu Ceesay, both 24, then left him to die, Northampton Crown Court heard.

Speaking outside court, the victim's sister-in-law Yarel Jallow called his death "soul-destroying" for his family.

"When the family heard that he had died was when a hole in our hearts formed," she said.

"To think he died in such a painful way, and scared for his life and his wife's life makes us feel sick."

'Violent raid'

Mr Jallow begged in two languages not to be attacked, the court heard, but was stabbed 13 times, probably with more than one knife.

Prosecutor Karim Khalil had previously told the court of the "carefully planned and violent raid", which likely involved others.

Some of the gang went through the front door while others broke in through the rear of the house in Havelock Street, he said.

Police said Mr Jallow was targeted by the gang "as part of their illegal drug dealing activities".

Makande, Sowe, and Ceesay, all from Birmingham, and Sylva, from Nottingham, were originally charged with murder.

Sylva, a former Grenadier Guard, was also sentenced to seven months for possession of cannabis, and Ceesay to three months for possession of a lock knife. Both sentences will run consecutively.

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