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Roche brothers jailed for Adam Steele death in Salford

Owen Carl Roche (l) and Direece Roche
Image caption Owen Roche (l) was convicted of manslaughter and his brother Direece admitted murder

Two brothers have been jailed for killing a 23-year-old care worker in Salford after a New Year's Eve party.

Adam Steele was stabbed to death in Irlams O' Th' Height in the early hours of 1 January.

Owen Carl Roche, 22, of Moss Side, was convicted of manslaughter in June. His brother Direece Roche, 17, of Stockport, previously admitted murder.

Direece was jailed for life and Owen given an indeterminate sentence at Manchester Crown Court.

Owen must serve a minimum term of four years before he is eligible for parole. His brother must serve a minimum term of 12 years.

A third man - Liam Appleton, 18, of Deeroak Close in West Gorton - who admitted affray, was sentenced to a 12-month community order, ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and will be subject to a three-month curfew.

Police said the Roches had gone to Mr Steele's flat in Lancaster Road to try to find Owen Roche's girlfriend.

'Bright future'

Roche had assaulted the 21-year-old in October and when he appeared in court in December he smashed his way through the dock and escaped.

Tensions between the couple continued, police said, and they had rowed on the phone in the early hours of 1 January while she was at Mr Steele's party.

Image caption Adam Steele was described as gentle and fun loving by his family

The brothers and Liam Appleton went to the flat and demanded to see Owen's girlfriend.

An argument broke out outside the flat where Direece pulled a knife from his waistband and stabbed Mr Steele, police said.

Det Insp Steve Keeley, of Greater Manchester Police's Major Incident Team, said: "Adam was a young man with a bright future caring for the older members of our community and that was taken away thanks to the Roches.

"This case is a tragedy: a man has died and a teenager will spend some of what should be his best years behind bars.

"Today's result should provide some comfort for Adam's friends and family and will hopefully provide some basis for them to move forward in their lives without him."

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