“Tragic loss” of man’s life killed by his best friend
Friday 30th September 2016 @ 10:45 by Nigel P.
Gorton & Openshaw News


Jovan Martin sentenced to 27 years imprisonment for killing his childhood friend.

Jovan Martin sentenced to 27 years imprisonment for killing his childhood friend.

A Rusholme man who stabbed his best friend to death in a Gorton Street has been jailed for 27 years.

A jury at Manchester Crown Court, found 26-year-old Jovan Martin guilty of murdering, 28- year-old Kyle Hands, after he had pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter.

The court heard how the two men who had been friends since childhood, went to a friend’s house on Monday March 21st following a drinking session, when an argument broke out between the two .

The row involving a mutual friend got out of control and as it escalated it turned  violent and at one point Martin was struck with a hammer and chairs were thrown between the two men.

The fight spilled out of the terraced house in Sunny Brow Road, Gorton and continued in the street where father of one Kyle received several stab blows to his neck ,buttock and thigh.

The emergency services were called and Kyle was taken to hospital but he died a short time later from his injuries.

A Home Office post-mortem concluded he died from multiple stab wounds.

Following the guilty verdict on  Thursday 29 September, Martin was sentenced to life and will serve a minimum of 27 years in prison. He was also sentenced to five years to run concurrently for possession of an offensive weapon.

Martin received a further sentence of 12 years in prison to run concurrently for a section 18 assault, which took place on Monday 5th  October 2015.

Chief Inspector Debbie Dooley speaking after the trial said: “This is a tragic and unnecessary loss of life and my heart goes out to Kyle’s family.

“Jovan Martin will now spend the next 27 years of his life behind bars and I hope his sentence goes some way to give Kyle’s family the justice they deserve.”

Family photo of Kyle Hand,Kyle is pictured second from the left

Family photo, including Kyle Hand, Kyle is pictured second from the left

Speaking after the sentence Kyle’s family spoke of their deep sense of loss and paid tribute to a much loved son,brother and father saying: “Kyle is a massive part of our family and everyday we will miss him and so will our community. Kyle was a fun loving son, brother and father and his humour will be missed on a daily basis. His ‘cheeky chappy’ personality is missed so much but will never be forgotten.

“We would like to say thank you to all our friends and family for the help, support and prayers through these difficult times. We would also like to thank everyone who donated to Kyles ‘Just giving’ page, it shows how much he was really loved.”