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Teenager sentenced in Gorton attack.
Monday 23rd March 2015 @ 09:56 by Anna Fletcher
Gorton & Openshaw News

A teenage boy who attacked a 17-year-old boy outside a Gorton convenience store has today been jailed.

The 17-year-old boy, from Manchester, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has today – Friday 20 March 2015 – been sentenced to 8 months in a juvenile detention centre for the manslaughter of Jordan Brennan at Manchester Crown Court, Crown Square.

At around 7.30pm on Friday, 10 October 2014, Jordan was with two friends when they went into a shop on Hyde Road, Gorton.

A few minutes later his assailant walked into the shop in company with a girl. They walked round the store, picked up some items and joined the queue. The then 16-year-old boy took exception to something that Jordan said.

Jordan and one of his friends then started to leave the store. The offender followed Jordan out of the store and, without warning, hit out at Jordan then grabbed him hauling him to the ground.

Jordan then fell heavily to the ground hitting his head on the pavement outside with an audible thump.

The then 16-year-old and his friend then returned to the store, paid for their items and left.

Jordan, meanwhile, got up and went home to his mum’s house where he was upset and complained of feeling sick. He later went to bed, during the night he was sick, but refused to go to hospital.
His mum looked after him.

The following morning Jordan’s mum went to his room and found him unresponsive. An ambulance was called and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The post mortem examination later concluded the cause of death was a head injury.

Greater Manchester Police launched a media appeal with images of the offender and, two days later, he handed himself in to police.

In interviews he stated he attacked Jordan after he referred to him as ‘Gangnam style’ which he took to be a racist slur.

Senior Investigator Duncan Thorpe said: “We might never know exactly what may or may not have been said in the run-up to this attack.

“But regardless of any words that were exchanged Jordan was subjected to a surprise attack in which he had no opportunity to defend himself.

“Jordan got up and managed to make it home but the real tragedy of this is neither he nor his mum knew how gravely ill he was.

“Our thoughts are with Jordan’s family at this very distressing time.”