Three teenagers have today been jailed for a total of 48 years for the murder of 20-year-old Esrom Ghide in Hyson Green.
The 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were found guilty of murder following an eight week trial at Nottingham Crown Court in June. Two other boys, aged 17 and 15, were acquitted.
Mr Ghide was attacked by a group of young people in Hawksley Road at around 5.40pm on Wednesday 5 September 2018. He suffered more than a dozen stab wounds in what the pathologist concluded was “a sustained attack possibly by a number of individuals armed with knives.”
The court had been told the attack started after one of the youths tried to snatch a cigarette from Mr Ghide.
Mr Ghide, of Radford, was taken to hospital following the incident, but died a short time later. A forensic post-mortem examination identified the cause of death as a stab wound to the heart.
The 17-year-old was today (Monday 29 July) locked up for 18 years.
One of the 15-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in custody.
The other 15-year-old was also locked up for 15 years.
Speaking following the sentencing, Esrom’s mother Tsega Tedla (pictured with Mr Ghide) said: “Since Esrom was cruelly snatched away from our family, life has never been the same. I find myself waking up and for a split second I forget that he has gone but it quickly comes crashing back to me and I feel a gut-wrenching pain in my stomach, knowing that my son is never coming back.
“Esrom and I had a very close mother and son bond and as he grew and matured in to a lovely, caring man, we became best friends. He was the type of son every mother hoped for; kind, caring considerate.
“He was also a very proud big brother to my youngest son. His passing had a very profound impact on my young son – he still calls out for him and cries when he realises he isn’t coming back. It is absolutely heart-breaking to see.
“Esrom had a firm belief in God and through his faith and nature he respected everyone, regardless of faith, or race, he was humble and friendly to everyone.
“As Christian I believe my son has been taken by the Lord in heaven and he will get eternal life. Although nothing can ever bring Esrom back, I know that justice for his murder will bring me some comfort.”
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson, senior investigating officer, said: “Esrom’s death has been devastating for his family and the senseless nature of it has been incredibly hard for them to take.
“Sadly Esrom’s death highlights the importance of the societal need to ensure that carrying knives never becomes acceptable.
“Anyone who knows of someone who carries a knife has a chance to prevent tragedies like this by reporting their concerns. Intelligence is a key factor in preventing knife crime from happening and the more information we have the better equipped we are to take action.”
City Council Leader Councillor David Mellen said: “Esrom’s family and friends have my deepest sympathy – he was a young man with so much potential and life ahead of him. All that has been cruelly and needlessly taken away over something so trivial.
“We need those who choose to carry knives to hear and understand Esrom’s mum’s pain and suffering and ask themselves – do they want to wreak the same on their own mothers, on their own families and friends? That’s the devastating risk of carrying a knife – it makes you less safe, not more. We are committed to continuing to do all we can, in partnership with our communities and Nottinghamshire Police, to address the underlying reasons people carry a knife to try and stop any more families suffering the loss of a loved one.”