Ashton man one of eleven convicted for Moss Side murder
Tuesday 8th August 2017 @ 16:03 by Tom Greggan
Ashton News Tameside

A man from Ashton is one of eleven people to be found guilty for their involvement in the murder of Abdul Hafidah in Moss Side last year.

Durrell Goodall

20-year-old Durrell Goodall, of Kings Road, was found guilty of murder after a trial at Preston Crown Court today. In total, eleven people have been convicted; seven for murder and four for manslaughter, among them a 14-year-old boy.

Abdul Hafidah, 18, was murdered on May 12th 2016 after being chased through the streets of Moss Side by rival gang members. After a long chase from Princess Parkway to Moss Lane East, some of which was captured on CCTV, Abdul was knocked down by a Vauxhall Corsa and the pack set upon him.

He was attacked with a hammer as well as being punched, kicked and stamped on. When the gang members ran away, witnesses called an ambulance for Abdul but sadly, he succumbed to his injuries in hospital two days later.

A post-mortem concluded that he died from two stab wounds to the neck and head injuries. Detective Chief Inspector Terry Crompton of GMP’s Major Incident Team said: “Abdul Hafidah lost his life under such tragic circumstances. A family have lost their son and have been put through a tremendous amount of heartache.

“This is a tragedy for everyone involved; the parents of the young men jailed today have also lost their sons. Moss Side is a supportive and close-knit community; incidents like this do not represent the majority of the community.

“I hope that today’s convictions show that with violence and knife crime there are no winners, and we need to stand together as a community to ensure incidents like this one don’t happen ever again.”


After the last of the culprits were found guilty today, Abdul’s family have paid tribute to him:

“Abdulwahab was a loving son, brother and uncle. He was selfless, putting everyone before himself. He cherished the good times he spent with his family and friends and was always smiling and laughing. Abdulwahab started each day by greeting his mother and father with a kiss on their foreheads. 

Abdul Hafidah

“On the morning of 12 May 2016, Abdulwahab’s parents were away on holiday when they received their last message from him which read “mum and dad I love you”. He sent this without knowledge it would be for the last time.

“Abdulwahab did not die as a result of accident or ill health; he was hunted down, attacked and ripped away from our lives forever in a senseless act of brutality and we as a family are totally devastated by his loss. We are consumed by the sadness and emptiness we feel knowing we will never see him again, but we will never forget him. His passing has left a void in our family that can never be replaced.

“After a long investigation and trial of those involved we are relieved that justice has been done and those responsible have been made to account for their actions.

“We do not hate those involved, but we hate what they have done. They have not only taken Abdulwahab’s life at a time when he had so much to live for; they have ruined our lives as well as theirs and their families.

“We would like to thank the members of public who tried to help our son as he lay on the tarmac fighting for his life and the medical staff who tended to him in an attempt to bring him back to us. We would also like to extend out thanks to the Crown Prosecution Service, Investigation Team, Family Liaison Officers and Victim and Witness Support, who have helped us throughout this process.

“We as a family ask that our privacy be respected to allow us time to grieve. Thank you.” 


The below people were convicted on Monday July 10th, after a trial at Manchester Crown Court:

Devonte Cantrill, 20, of no fixed address was found guilty of murder.

Delroy Wright ,18, of no fixed address was found guilty of murder.

Durrell Ford, 20, of Moss Side was found guilty of murder.

Nathanial Jermaine Williams, 19, of Rusholme was found guilty of murder.

Devonte Neish, 18, of Manchester was found guilty of manslaughter.

William George, 21, of Moss Side was found guilty of manslaughter.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of manslaughter.


The below people were convicted on Tuesday August 8th, after a trial at Preston Crown Court:

Reanu Walters, 19, Moss Side was found guilty of murder.

Trey Wilson, 19, of Whalley Range was found guilty of murder.

Durrell Goodall, 20, of Ashton-under-Lyne was found guilty of murder.

Remekell Samuels, 19, of Moss Side pleaded guilty to manslaughter.