GUILTY: Three convicted of manslaughter in connection with Stevie Pentelow’s death
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Three men have today (Thursday, March 5) been found guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of 44-year-old Stevie Pentelow during a botched robbery in Little Harrowden last summer.
Sifean Ghilani, 20, of Winstanley Road, Wellingborough, Tristan Patel, 18, of Newcomen Road, Wellingborough and Levar Thomas, 20, of Knox Road, Wellingborough, were all found guilty of manslaughter and with conspiracy to rob Stevie.
The jury at Northampton Crown Court took nearly five days to reach their verdicts.
A 16-year-old boy from Wellingborough who cannot be named because of his age was found not guilty of all charges.
On June 21, 2019, Ghilani was driven by Thomas to Hardwick Road alongside Patel. All three were primed to rob Stevie of drugs but the plan went wrong and Ghilani ended up stabbing Stevie in the heart.
Stevie was rushed to hospital but despite the best efforts of paramedics and doctors, he died in the early hours of June 22, 2019. A post-mortem examination carried out at Leicester Royal Infirmary found he died as a result of a stab wound.
The three men made off in their car within seconds of Ghilani stabbing Stevie, before all of them were arrested a short time later and charged with murder.
Today they were all found not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter and with conspiracy to rob.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Joe Banfield, said: “Whilst I accept this result will frustrate Stevie’s family, we respect the jury’s decision and I’m glad Ghilani, Patel and Thomas were all found guilty of a serious crime.
“No one is making excuses for Stevie’s lifestyle or how he chose to make his money but he absolutely did not deserve to die and my thoughts are with his family as they still try to come to terms with his death and with what has happened at court today.
“This case shows the danger of carrying knives and I hope anyone reading this who does carry one will reflect on the fact that a man would still be alive today had it not been for someone’s choice to carry a weapon.
“Finally, I would like to thank my team of Major Crime detectives and the East Midlands Special Operations Unit who worked tenaciously on this case.”