"You thought nothing of killing him in the open air"
Six men have been jailed for a total of 81 years for the violent murder of 20-year-old Bradley Gledhill in an alleyway.
On June 21, 2020, Bradley was stabbed, kicked and stamped on before being left to “literally bleed to death in the street” in the attack in Batley, West Yorkshire.
Two of his friends were also stabbed during the incident, which started after the gang came across the three friends in the alleyway by chance.
At 10 pm, Bradley and his two friends, Kasey Hall and Joel Ramsden, entered the alleyway.
They were then approached by the six men who demanded to know what they were doing there.
As violence erupted, the three victims fled but Bradley was cornered and caught in the town’s Park Croft cul-de-sac.
He was pinned down as the attackers took turns to stab, punch and stamp on him.
The violent attack was witnessed by a young child.
In an audio clip played at Leeds Crown Court, the attackers could be heard bragging about their actions.
Residents alerted by the commotion tried to save Bradley, but he was pronounced dead at Leeds General Infirmary at 11:18 pm.
Usman Karolia, his brother Ahmed Karolia, Raja Nawaz, Nabeel Naseer, Irfan Hussain and Nikash Hussain were all convicted of his murder.
The two brothers, Naseer and Irfan Hussain were also convicted of attempted murder.
Mr Justice Kerr told the men:
“You thought nothing of killing him in the open air in public.
“A young child was watching. You thought nothing of the unending pain of Bradley Gledhill’s family.”
Usman had brought the knife to the scene and used it to stab the three victims.
Ahmed helped “immobilise” one victim as others attacked him and later launched a “casual, vicious kick” to Bradley’s head.
Irfan Hussain’s role was “sadly a very aggressive one” and was “pumped up with alcohol”.
Irfan, who was 16 at the time, kicked and stamped on Bradley before gesturing and bragging about it.
Naseer played a lesser role in the incident but showed a “callous absence of remorse” and concealed evidence at his home.
Nikash “rushed out in pursuit” of Bradley, kicked him twice in the head and threw his phone down a drain.
In a statement, Bradley’s mother Kelly Hubbard said her family has been handed a life sentence as they try to come to terms with his loss.
She said that her son has been “robbed of his life and of a future” and that no mother should have to bury their child.
She added: “It goes against human nature.”
Bradley’s younger sister Bryony added that her family’s lives are “like a jigsaw puzzle with one piece missing”.
Usman Karolia, aged 20, of Batley, was jailed for a minimum of 21 years.
Ahmed Karolia, aged 24, of Batley, was jailed for a minimum of 16 years.
Raja Nawaz, aged 19, of Heckmondwike, was sentenced to a minimum of 12 years in prison.
Nabeel Naseer, aged 18, of Dewsbury, was jailed for a minimum of 11 years.
Irfan Hussain, aged 17, of Batley, was sentenced to a minimum of 11 years in prison.
Nikash Hussain, aged 17, of Dewsbury, was jailed for a minimum of 10 years.