Three of the killers of 19-year-old Pavandeep Daudher were today jailed for their part in the “savage and senseless crime”.

Jason Cornwall, Riley Kavanagh and Kane McCarron were sentenced at Warwick Crown Court having been found guilty of the manslaughter of Pavandeep who died after being stabbed in the leg at a petrol station in Foleshill almost two years ago.

The stab wound cut through the young man’s femoral artery and vein and he bled to death having been attacked on the forecourt of the BP garage in Lockhurst Lane late on March 31, 2020.

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Five men armed with baseball bats and at least one knife had jumped out of a stolen Ford Kuga and launched the lethal attack.

Cornwall, Kavanagh and McCarron were convicted of manslaughter following a trial last year, as was Ethan Lilley.

Handing down the sentences to the first three at Warwick Crown Court, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano described Pavandeep’s killing as a “savage and senseless crime”.

She said the four defendants, and a fifth man, “went looking for Zac Challenor” – a friend of Pavandeep’s – as they believed he was involved in an incident the night before where a window was smashed at Lilley’s home in Cheylesmore.

“He (Zac Challenor) was driving in Coventry with his girlfriend and his friend Pavandeep Daudher. They stopped at the BP garage in Lockhurst Lane to get oil and the clean out the car,” the judge told them.

Watch: Police at the scene in Foleshill


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“It was there that you found them and when you did you got out of your car armed with baseball bats and at least one knife.

“You set upon them. Pavandeep Daudher was fatally stabbed and you left him bleeding to death while you returned to the car to pursue Zac Challenor.”

Mr Challenor was pursued to a nearby street by the group where his car was blocked in and he was stabbed in the foot and robbed of his coat and bag.

The sentences were as follows:

  • Jason Cornwall, 35, of Arundel Road, Cheylesmore, jailed for 11 years for manslaughter and four years for robbery (concurrent)
  • Riley Kavanagh, 21, of Drake Street, Foleshill, jailed for nine years for manslaughter
  • Kane McCarron, 19, of Portsea Close, Cheylesmore, jailed for seven years for manslaughter and three years for robbery (concurrent)

McCarron, who was deemed a dangerous offender as he has committed this offence and is already a serving prisoner for another violent incident, was also handed a 16-month concurrent sentence for a further unrelated offence of violent disorder.

Lilley, 24, of Queen Isabels Avenue, Cheylesmore, will be sentenced at a later date for manslaughter and robbery.



Pavandeep Daudher

Assisting an offender

Also sentenced today were Lucas Hutchinson, 20, and another 20-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, after they were found guilty of assisting offenders by disposing of the Kuga by setting it on fire.

They were found guilty at a separate trial to the other four men.

They had collected a cannister and filled it with petrol in the aftermath of the incident and then travelled in a BMW in convoy with the stolen Kuga, before the latter was set on fire on a patch of land in Coventry.

Hutchinson, of Strathmore Avenue, Lower Stoke, was jailed for three years while the other 20-year-old was handed a four-year sentence for assisting an offender, and also given a further five years on top of that for an unrelated firearms offence and shorter concurrent offences for other unrelated offences.

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