Two teenagers have been jailed for a total of at least 26 years for stabbing a man to death in Birmingham after trapping him in an alleyway.
Seventeen-year-olds Jordan Subhan and Declan Moore chased 21-year-old Adam Cusack down a blind alley before Subhan plunged a knife into his chest leaving a fatal six-inch wound.
The pair, along with 18-year-old Ross Hinton, had been out to “avenge” an attack on Subhan’s cousin after hearing he had been stabbed in an earlier clash at a rave.
The party was being held at the empty home of the mother of Mr Cusack’s friend Kevin Forrester.
Subhan, Moore and Hinton confronted a group including Mr Cusack after they had picked up “ferocious” weapons including an axe from Moore’s home in Erdington on the night of July 17.
They also stabbed one of Mr Cusack’s friends in the back before chasing and cornering the victim.
Judge Melbourne Inman QC said rumours that Ryan Subhan had been injured was the “catalyst” for the knifing.
Addressing the defendants, he said: “You were on the streets looking for those you thought might be responsible for attacking Ryan. On only the slenderest of information of what had happened to Ryan, you all went to avenge it.”
Mr Cusack’s family and fiancee broke down in tears as the judge described how he was left to die in Kingsbury Road.
He added: “Adam Cusack was fatally wounded and died moments later. He was only 21 with his life before him.
“Another senseless loss of a young life as a result of knives being carried in public.”
Sentencing at Birmingham Crown Court, the judge ordered Subhan, of Rymond Road, Shard End, to serve a minimum of 14 years for the murder while Moore, of Firtree Road, Erdington, was ordered to serve at least 12 years.
Hinton, of Wincanton Croft, Bromford, was cleared of murder but sentenced to three years detention for violent disorder.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Cusack’s parents Michael and Karen said they did not feel justice had been done.
Mrs Cusack said: “We’re the ones serving a life sentence. They have shown us not one bit of remorse. I just hope they rot in hell.
“What must Adam have thought that night? They left him there to die. How can you just leave someone, hearing them scream.
“The hardest thing was seeing him in the mortuary. You don’t expect to identify your son lying on a slab.”
Mr Cusack’s grandmother Brenda Turner added: “Adam never used violence. There was no need for all that violence.”