Coventry man faces life in prison after bragging of murder on Snapchat
UPDATE Friday 31 January: Enroy Ruddock has been sentenced to life in prison today for the murder of Emmanuel Lukenga. He will have to serve a minimum of 21 years before he can apply for parole. Bradley Richardson and Matthew Kinchen were both also sentenced to life with a minimum 22 year and 19 year term respectively. Kyle Kinchen was sentenced to 27 months for arson and Rilee Madden was given a community order to serve 100 hours for handling stolen goods.
A Coventry man who stabbed a father-of-one and bragged about it on Snapchat has been convicted of his murder, along with two others, at Warwickshire Justice Centre today (Thu 30 Jan).
Emmanuel Lukenga was the father of a young child with another on the way, when he died from a single stab wound in a garden after climbing a fence to escape his attackers in June last year. He was just 21.
Emmanuel, known as Manny to his friends and from Cavendish Road in Tile Hill, had been involved in long standing feuds between rival estates in Canley and Tile Hill which escalated on 12 June 2019. Manny and his friends had been seen in Canley and rivals took exception to this.
On a stolen motorbike, Kyle Kinchen and pillion passenger Enroy Ruddock − carrying a petrol can - set off along with Matthew Brankin and Bradley Richardson in a Berlingo van to seek retribution. They found the red Astra Manny had been seen driving in Milrose Way and set it alight.
Minutes later the van and the motorbike were still driving around Tile Hill when they spotted two of Manny’s friends, who ran into a local convenience store on Frisby Road. CCTV from the shop showed Richardson - the passenger in the Berlingo - carrying a large axe and Ruddock holding something behind his back. Unable to attack the two in the shop, they returned to their vehicles and drove off.
The van and the bike caught up with Manny and his friends again as they tried to escape down an alleyway between Tile Hill Lane and Gravel Hill. The Berlingo was seen driving down the alleyway, damaging the van and coming to a stop where passengers Ruddock and Richardson gave chase on foot.
Manny and his friends fled into gardens, as frightened residents looked on. Richardson axed down a gate and seconds later Ruddock caught up with Manny in Franklin Grove as he tried to climb a fence and stabbed him just once. The wound severed a vital artery and, although police and ambulance colleagues tried desperately to save him, he died at the scene.
Later the same day a Snapchat video was shared online by Ruddock, with his face covered by an emoji, bragging about how he had stabbed Manny after his friends had left him.
We quickly gathered CCTV from the area and tracked the groups back to hours earlier in the day to identify all those involved.
Detective Chief Inspector Scott Griffiths, from our homicide unit, explained: “Ruddock was wearing a motorcycle helmet ahead of Manny’s murder so we tracked back to earlier in the day where he had met Kinchen, who had given him the helmet.
“Using witness statements we were able to piece all their movements together both before and after the attack. Although they had tried to cover their tracks we found the bike, a petrol canister used to torch the Astra and clothing - all had been burned.
“Significantly we found a large Rambo knife discarded in a brook which matched the damage caused to Manny’s clothing.
“It was clear from the outset that the three convicted were intent on causing serious harm to Manny and his friends that day."
Ruddock, Richardson, Brankin and Kinchen all pleaded guilty to arson at an earlier hearing and today after a six week trial the jury delivered the following verdicts:
Enroy Ruddock, aged 19 from Melbourne Road, guilty of murder
Bradley Richardson, aged 23 from Prior Deram Walk, guilty of murder
Matthew Brankin, aged 19 from Thimbler Road, guilty of murder
Kyle Kinchen, aged 19 from Jon Rous Avenue, not guilty of murder
Rilee Madden, aged 19 from Gerard Avenue, guilty of handling stolen goods
They will be sentenced tomorrow (31 January).
DCI Griffiths added: “Our thoughts are with Manny’s family as, once again, we see the desperate sadness that knife crime brings, not just to the victim’s family, but those affected by the perpetrator’s actions.
“We have worked tirelessly to educate young people about the consequences of carrying knives and the impact on young lives. We are also working with our communities in Coventry to understand the tensions that sit behind the violence that flares up, seemingly out of trivial disputes."
If you want more information or know someone who carries a knife visit: https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/knife-crime
To learn more about potential consequences of carrying a knife watch this on Youtube.