Mother of murdered teen blasts killer for making cutthroat gesture in court

Kelly Brown told one of the killers of her 16-year-old son Rhamero West: “Thank you for showing me your true colors” after saying he made an obscene gesture in court

Rhamero West died after being stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack
Rhamero West died after being stabbed multiple times in a brutal attack

The mother of a murdered teenager has hit his killer after he allegedly made a ‘cutthroat’ gesture in court.

Kelly Brown claimed Marquis Richards, 17, also said her son Rhamero West, 16, was “smoking” at his sentencing.

Rhamero had been followed and stabbed to death at Old Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Ryan Cashin, 19, and Giovanni Lawrence, 20, were sentenced to life in prison for the murder, to serve at least 24 and 21 years, respectively, they reported the Manchester Evening News.

Richards, meanwhile, was sentenced to life in prison and imprisoned for at least 18 years.

He can now be named for the first time after a successful application to the court.

Ryan Cashin, 19, Giovanni Lawrence, 20, and Marquis Richards, 17



A motive for the brutal killing of Rhamero, a nephew of ex-Man City and England international Shaun Wright-Phillips, was not given by the public prosecutor.

“Why did these people kill our little boy, stalk him and take his life?” Ms Brown told Manchester Crown Court.

“We ask ourselves this question all the time.

“All I can say is thank you for showing me your true colors,” Ms Brown told Richards, referring to the gestures he allegedly made.

Police on Norton Street in Old Trafford


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Rhamero was driving a stolen BMW and was with friends when he was spotted on Princess Parkway around 6pm rush hour on September 9 last year.

Richards got out of one of the two stolen BMWs while Rhamero’s car was in traffic and began attacking the car with a “big knife”.

Desperately trying to escape, Rhamero drove too fast and crashed into another car and plowed into a tree.

Rhamero was pursued on a residential street and killed


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Richards chased Rhamero while armed with a knife and Cashin joined the pursuit on foot.

Cashin took the gun from Richards before stabbing Rhamero in the legs in a front yard on Norton Street.

Lawrence, a driver of one of two stolen BMWs that had been chasing Rhamero, was also convicted of murder under Joint Enterprise Law.

Addressing her son’s killers, Ms Brown added: “From start to finish you have shown no remorse throughout this trial.

“You were giggling and grinning in the dock like it was all a joke, big game for you.

Rhamero’s mother said her life was “shattered” after her son was killed


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“This is real life, you took my son away from me.

“None of you have any respect for my family or even for this courtroom.”

She said: “To the court my boy is just a statistic, another case, but to me in real life my beautiful, fun, loving, caring, responsible boy who loved his family.

“On September 9th, our lives were destroyed.”

Cashin, Nancy Street, Manchester; Richards, Anne Nuttall Road, Hulme; and Lawrence of Colgrove Avenue in Manchester were all found guilty of murder following a trial.

After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Liz Hopkinson of GMP’s Major Incident Team said Rhamero was “violently and needlessly murdered in broad daylight”.

She added that the perpetrators only added to his family’s suffering by forcing them to “endure the pain of the trial” instead of admitting it.

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