Ali Jawaid: Three jailed for killing mobile phone businessman

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Media captionAli Jawaid died following the attack outside a mobile phone shop in Coventry

Three men have been jailed for killing a mobile phone businessman in an attack in Coventry.

Ali Jawaid, 43, died after being hit with a metal bar outside a mobile phone shop in November 2011.

Gregg Robertson, 24, and Glenroy Blackstock, 25, were each jailed for eight years for manslaughter and robbery.

Shaun Mills, 27, was given 11 years for manslaughter and robbery, including three years for a separate robbery.

All three had denied the charges.

During their trial at Warwick Crown Court the jury was told Mills had spotted Mr Jawaid delivering mobile phones to a shop in Coventry and had contacted six other men to take part in a robbery.

Image caption The men had denied manslaughter

The court heard a blow by Robertson with a metal bar had shattered Mr Jawaid's skull, causing bone fragments to damage his brain.

After the attack in Sewall Highway his van, filled with mobile phones, was stolen.

'Disappointing sentence'

The father of two from Ward End, Birmingham, died a week after he was put into an induced coma.

Mr Jawaid's brother Bilal described him as a "law-abiding, hard-working gentle family man," who was "terribly missed".

Speaking after the sentences, the family said they were disappointed by the length of the jail terms.

Bilal Jawaid said: "I was expecting at least 12, 15 years. Eight years is nothing.

"It is Ali's wife, children and the rest of his family and friends who have been left with the life sentence as we will have to continue each day knowing we will never see Ali again."

Four other men were also jailed after admitting handling stolen goods.

Image caption Ali Jawaid died a week after he was put into an induced coma

Ryan McTighe, 26, was given six years in prison, while Lee Taylor, 22, was sentenced to two months, Liberato Galiazia, 23, was given 12 months and 26-year-old Nigel Barwell, received an 18-month sentence.

BBC Midlands Today's Peter Wilson said the seven had celebrated after the sentences were handed down.

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Sgt Gerrard Amadeo of West Midlands Police said the men had all played an active part in the robbery and had been motivated by greed.

The force said the convictions represented a "major dismantling" of organised crime in Coventry.

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