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Cole Kershaw Biography
Who was Cole Kershaw?
Cole Kershaw, 18, was shot in the chest and died after his best friend Spencer Woods was attacked in a two-vehicle chase in Bury, Greater Manchester.
As he lay dying in the street on August 12, Cole told the 19-year-old Woods: ‘He shot me bro, he shot me,’ before finally succumbing to his injuries.
The Manchester Crown Court heard how Woods had been embroiled in a dispute with Kamran Mohammed, 20, because the couple had been dating the same girl.
Mohammed had a gang beat up Woods while Woods had threatened to ‘blow up’ Mohammed’s mother’s house, he told himself.
Police found text messages sent to Woods by the unidentified girl after the murder, saying: ‘This is all your fault. Kammy didn’t have a problem with you.
You caused the problem with Kammy. You were jealous of Kammy.
Cole Kershaw Age
He was 18 year old.
Cole told 19-year old Woods (above): ‘He shot me bro, he shot me
Mohammed, who fired the fatal shot, was convicted today of Kershaw’s murder and jailed for life with a minimum of 27 years behind bars.
Mohammed Khan, 22, Khayam Khurshid, 29, were also imprisoned for life after being convicted of murder. They will be at least 27 and 24 years old respectively.
A fourth man, 19-year-old Raheem Hall of Heywood, admitted to helping an offender and was sentenced to four years in an institution for juvenile offenders.
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The court heard that Woods had been dating the woman for two years before he began seeing Mohammed while he was in a ‘close relationship’ with his ex.
Jurors were told how in the months leading up to Kershaw’s death, Woods was attacked by a group of masked men armed with baseball bats and machetes.
He suffered serious injuries but refused to comment to the police.
The court heard how Mohammed later threatened the young woman with a gun at her home, telling her: ‘You think you can have more than one boyfriend.’
Jason Pitter, prosecuting, told jurors:
The woman told the jury that Woods had been “possessive” and assaulted her during their relationship.
She said: ‘I kept in touch with Spencer after the breakup and he always had something to say about Kammy.
He knew Spencer hated him. Every word she said about him would be horrible or that she was going to do something and vice versa.
Kammy would also say that she hated Spencer’s guts.
Jason Pitter, prosecutor, told the jury: ‘This relationship caused tensions, which increased in the months before the shooting, and which had a lot to do with the flexing of macho muscles between these two young men.
‘Unfortunately, there were more than just words.
The dispute escalated into violence and serious threats that reached a crescendo when Cole was assassinated.
It may well be that Mr. Woods was the intended target that night. Cole was the wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people. ‘
The court heard how, on the night of the murder, Mohammed and his friends had “prepared” for a violent confrontation with Woods.
They got into a BMW 5 Series armed with a pistol and baseball bats, before confronting Woods, who was traveling with Cole and two other people in a Ford Mondeo.
Two shots were fired while the BMW was chasing the Mondeo, before a third shot struck Mr. Kershaw in the chest as he and his friends tried to flee the scene.
He was rushed to the Royal Oldham Hospital, but later died from his injuries.
Just 30 minutes after the shooting, Mohammed attended a party and told his girlfriend, “He deserved it” when she was asked about the murder.
He later told another friend: ‘I fired two shots at him and the third hit him. They shot the wrong person.
Woods told the court: ‘There was tension and we would see each other in cars and we would probably chase each other. We probably wanted to hurt each other.
But a friend, Tia Mawdsley, told police that Cole had tried to help Woods change his lifestyle because she feared his friend had messed with “the wrong people.”
She added: ‘Cole told her every day that she needed to change her life. Now Cole is dead because he didn’t want to listen.
In a statement, Kershaw’s father, Chris Gaynor, said: “He was on the cusp of manhood and his death has devastated us all.
“I never imagined having to bury my own son.
‘Cole had never had a problem with the authorities, he had a bright future in boxing and he had a smile on his face every day.
“While there are would-be gangsters on the street, innocent people will be at risk. Cole was taken from us very soon.
“I should be scolding him for cleaning his room, not for putting flowers on his grave.”
In mitigation, Mohammed’s attorney, Simon Gurney, said: “It was his intention to use the firearm to scare Mr. Woods and he has expressed regret and remorse for the death of Cole Kershaw.
‘Youth and immaturity is demonstrated in this case, as at that time he was not equipped for the challenges he faced.
“ He lacked the skills to tackle what he would do if he were older and wiser.
In sentencing, Judge Amanda Yip described the murder as’ reckless’, adding: ‘Cole got into a situation because he was a loyal friend of Spencer Woods.
Sadly, that loyalty was flawed as Mr. Woods was a source of serious trouble. He now he must live with the fact that his actions led to the death of his friend.
“A young man has been killed and three other young men are facing considerable time in custody. Many lives have been seriously ruined.
Cole Kershaw Quicks and Facts
- Cole Kershaw, 18, was shot in the chest and killed in Bury, Greater Manchester
- He was shot by mistake after getting caught up in a love feud between two men
- Kamran Mohammed, 20, who fired the fatal shot, was handed a life sentence