Gang of five jailed for life for brutal murder of 26-year-old after drug-fuelled party

Ellen Manning
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A gang of five men have been ordered to serve a minimum of nearly 100 years behind bars for the murder of a 26-year-old man in Scarborough. (SWNS)
A gang of five men have been ordered to serve a minimum of nearly 100 years behind bars for the murder of a 26-year-old man in Scarborough. (SWNS)

A gang of five men have been jailed for life for the brutal murder of a man stabbed to death just hours after they posted videos on Snapchat from a drug-fuelled party.

Stefan Selvage, 19, Dawid Goral, 21, Callon Brass, 22, Kieran Watkinson, 19, and Stevie Low, 23, were ordered to serve a combined minimum of nearly 100 years for the murder of Solomon Robinson, 26.

The gang were involved in a joint attack on Robinson in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, in the early hours of October 20, 2019, before fleeing the scene.

During a trial of four of the group, the court heard that just hours before the “cold and cowardly” attack, they uploaded videos to Snapchat showing knives and a large amount of money.

Solomon Robinson.  Five men have been jailed for the murder of a 26-year-old man in Scarborough.  The gang must serve a minimum of almost 100 years in total before they can be considered for release.  See  SWNS story SWLEmurder.  At around 2am, on Sunday 20 October 2019, Stefan Selvage 19, Dawid Goral, 21, Callon Brass, 22, Kieran Watkinson, 19, and Stevie Low, 23, stabbed Solomon Robinson in a joint attack on St Nicholas Street before fleeing the scene.  Mr Robinson was rushed to hospital where he died around three hours later after a single stab wound to his back left him with un-survivable injuries.  Within hours, North Yorkshire Police had made a number arrests in connection with the incident. The five were subsequently charged with Mr Robinson’s murder.
Solomon Robinson died after being stabbed in the back. (SWNS)
Chilling CCTV footage shows the gang making their way through Scarborough to where Solomon Robinson was murdered. (SWNS)
Chilling CCTV footage shows the gang making their way through Scarborough to where Solomon Robinson was murdered. (SWNS)

CCTV footage showed them walking through Scarborough together - wearing the same clothing as in the video - to the area where Robinson was stabbed.

The footage shows several figures fighting in the darkness in front of the town hall, with at least three brandishing a knife then fleeing, while Robinson is seen staggering away before collapsing on the ground.

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Police arrived at the scene within minutes to find the 26-year-old bleeding heavily after suffering an 11-inch stab wound to his lower back, the court heard.

He was rushed to hospital and given emergency surgery but died three hours later after suffering “catastrophic” bleeding.

Stefan Selvage admitted murder the day before the trial. (SWNS)
Stefan Selvage admitted murder the day before the trial. (SWNS)
Dawid Goral, 21, of Durham Street, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 21 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)
Dawid Goral, 21, of Durham Street, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 21 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)

Selvage admitted murder the day before a trial, while the other four men denied murder but were found guilty after a four-week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

All five were handed life sentences. Selvage must serve a minimum of 15 years before he is considered for release, while Watkinson must serve a minimum of 18, Brass must serve a minimum of 21 years, Goral must serve a minimum of 21 years and Low 23 years. Low was also sentenced to three years and six months for being concerned in supply of a controlled drug of Class A drug.

A victim impact statement written from Robinson’s mother read to the court at the sentencing hearing said her son's death had "destroyed" their family, adding: "It has simply crushed our souls and I doubt the family can ever be the same again".

Stevie Low, of Longwestgate, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 23 years before he is considered for release.  He was also sentenced to three years and six months for being concerned in supply of a controlled drug of Class A. (SWNS)
Stevie Low, of Longwestgate, was sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 23 years before he is considered for release. He was also sentenced to three years and six months for being concerned in supply of a controlled drug of Class A. (SWNS)
Callon Brass, of Eastborough, must serve a minimum of 21 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)
Callon Brass, of Eastborough, must serve a minimum of 21 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)
Kieran Watkinson, of Endcliff Crescent, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)
Kieran Watkinson, of Endcliff Crescent, was ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years before he is considered for release. (SWNS)

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Fran Naughton from North Yorkshire Police said: “This was an appalling act of premeditated violence and our thoughts remain with Mr Robinson’s family as they attempt to come to terms with their devastating loss.

“I would like to praise them for behaving with nothing but dignity, despite the court proceedings being very distressing at times.

“After carrying out the brutal attack, the group fled the scene.

“Their actions were cowardly and cold, and they have proven themselves to be dangerous individuals who have rightly been taken off our streets for a significant amount of time."

She added: “I hope the outcome can offer Mr Robinson’s loved ones some comfort that justice has been served.

“I hope the sentence handed out sends a strong message to anyone who chooses to carry a knife. Just because you are not the one holding the weapon, it doesn’t make you any less responsible if damage is done because of it.”

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