Tyne & Wear

Boys detained for killing man in cigarette row

Andrew Spence
Image caption Andrew Spence had denied a charge of murder

Two teenage boys have been detained for killing a man in a row over a cigarette.

Papa Mody Mbaye, 30, an asylum seeker from Senegal, was found with severe head injuries in Hugh Gardens, Benwell, Newcastle, in February.

The city's crown court heard Mr Mbaye had been chased, hit and stamped on.

Andrew Spence, 17, was found guilty of murder and was sentenced to life. A 13-year-old boy who cannot be identified will serve five years for manslaughter.

Spence, of St John's Walk, Benwell, Newcastle, must serve a minimum of 11 years.

During a trial at Newcastle Crown Court in August both had denied charges of murder.

A 15-year-old was cleared of taking part in the attack.

Image caption Papa Mody Mbaye died in hospital after suffering massive head injuries

The court heard that Mr Mbaye, also known as Alioune Cisse, had approached the group, all of whom had been drinking, and asked for a cigarette.

His request was refused, there was an abusive exchange and he walked off.

He was followed and one witness described seeing him pick up a piece of metal to try to ward his attackers off, the court heard.

A witness told how she had seen Mr Mbaye's head being repeatedly stamped on. Another youth was also seen stamping and kicking him in the ribs during the attack in February.

Speaking after the case, Det Ch Insp Andy Potts said: "This was an horrendous attack on a man who wanted nothing more than to start a new life for himself in Newcastle.

"Today's sentences reflect the seriousness of this unprovoked attack and I am pleased that these two young men will have a long time to reflect on their cowardly actions."

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