Westcliff: Pair jailed for at least 32 years each for murder
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Our detectives have brought six men to justice following the death of 25-year-old Asqeri Spaho.
Two men have each been jailed for life, with a minimum of 32 years, for murder and another four men have each been given a jail sentence of 13 years for their part in an aggravated burglary at the property in Westcliff.
Leon Wright (pictured above right), 32, of Highbury New Park, London (N5) and Wesley Hendrickson (pictured above left), 32, of Ashford Crescent, Enfield were each sentenced today (Friday, 23 April) to at least 32 years imprisonment for Asqeri’s murder, who was fatally injured during a burglary on 12 December 2019.
They were also sentenced to 20 years, to run concurrently, for the attempted murder of another male who was at the address and seriously injured.
They were unanimously found guilty of all charges on Wednesday 21 April following a trial at Basildon Crown Court.
Brian Kinlock and Durald Sokoli
Four other men - Durald Sokoli, 28, of Ayley Croft, Enfield, Brian Kinloch, 32, of Beachcroft Way, London (N19), and Scott Heaney, 23, of Hurlock Street, London (N5) and Mitchell Harris, 29, of no fixed abode - were convicted of aggravated burglary at the same trial, but found not guilty of murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder.
The court heard that the group had broken into the address, on Tintern Avenue, to steal cannabis that was growing inside.
We were called to reports of a disturbance at the address just after 4.20am, and we found Asqeri fatally injured. Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Another man was taken to hospital for treatment to a stomach injury.
The group who had forced entry to the property, the jury heard, discarded their weapons, gloves and a balaclava at the scene, before getting back into a vehicle and driving to London.
Mitchell Harris and Scott Heaney
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Greg Wood, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said:
“Today, I’d like to pay tribute to Asqeri’s family and friends. I know his absence has left a huge void in their lives.
“The six men sentenced today committed crimes driven by greed and violence and, sadly, it cost Asqeri his life.
“Wright and Hendrickson have received lengthy sentences for murder, and the others for their part in the burglary, which rightfully reflects the terrible consequences of that night.
“I want this to be a message to anyone involved in similar circles – we will not tolerate violent crime in Essex, and we won’t let drug crime slip under the radar either.
“My team were not prepared to let this investigation go. They worked meticulously to ensure that these dangerous men are no longer on our streets.
“This result won’t bring Asqeri back, but I hope that his loved ones are comforted by the fact that these perpetrators have been brought to justice.”