Chilling footage shows the final moments of a popular student who was knifed to death in a random attack by a gang who then walk away inhaling balloons filled with laughing gas.
Four thugs have been jailed for a total of 51 years following the death of Jack Donoghue, 21, in Solihull in November last year.
Jack was the final victim on a night of violence from the gang, who were preying on people as they left nightclubs in Warwickshire.
Witnesses described the bravery and valour Jack showed in trying to defend himself from the gang, but he was fatally stabbed in the stomach and later died in hospital.
His family have now released CCTV footage of the attack, saying they want ‘everyone to see the impact knife crime can have’.
Yesterday 21-year-old Tyrall Blake was jailed for life after being convicted of Jack’s murder. He will serve at least 23 years behind bars.
Accomplices Nile Bennett, 23, Connor Moore, 20, and 21-year-old Regan Watters were convicted of manslaughter and jailed for a total of almost 30 years.
Popular student Jack Donoghue, 21, was stabbed in the stomach shortly after leaving a nightclub in Solihull in November last year
Chilling CCTV shows Jack’s final moments as he was surrounded and attacked by the four cowardly thugs, who have now been jailed for 51 years.
Jack was stabbed once near the stomach by Tyrall Blake as his accomplices ganged up on him.
Footage shows the much loved youngster trying to fight off the thugs and even walked after them as they tried fleeing the scene.
But he had suffered a catastrophic internal injury from the knife wound and died in hospital three hours later having suffered significant blood loss.
Jack’s family asked West Midlands Police to release the footage to highlight the impact of knife crime.
Shocking footage shows Jack stumbling after his attackers and holding his shirt up after he was fatally stabbed last year
Jack was confronted by the gang, who started throwing punches at him shortly after he left local nightclub Popworld
Footage showed the moment Tyrall Blake stabbed Jack Donoghue (circled), while accomplices rained down punches on the student
Speaking about the release of the video, they said: ‘Although it is painful to watch what happened to Jack in the CCTV we feel it is important for everyone to see the impact knife crime can have.’
The night of violence on November 30 last year unfolded as members of the four-strong gang were seen on CCTV targeting victims as they were leaving night spots to travel home.
One reveller was hit and kicked in the face in the face by two of the gang who demanded his watch and phone.
Then, at around 3am, Jack left Popworld and became the gang’s next target as they began to throw punches at him.
Jack attempted to diffuse the situation but it escalated into the four men attacking him. Witnesses described the bravery and valour that Jack showed in defending himself from the gang.
Despite being outnumbered, Jack was able to defend the punches and protect himself from serious harm.
But one of the men then pulled out a knife and stabbed Jack once, close to the stomach area.
The gang fled down an alleyway, while Jack, fatally wounded, managed to get to a bench.
Members of the public and security staff attempted first aid but sadly Jack was taken to hospital but died within hours.
Blake was seen walking along Solihull’s streets carrying a balloon filled with nitrous oxide, moments after fatally stabbing a beloved 21-year-old student
The cowardly thugs were seen walking away after launching the brutal attack last November
Jack could be seen checking his body after suffering a fatal stab wound at the hands of his cowardly attackers
Blake, 21, of no fixed address, was also convicted of violent disorder, assault with intent to rob and possession of a knife.
Bennett, of Court Lane, Erdington, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder. He’s been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.
Moore, from Weston Road, Lichfield, jailed for seven-and-a-half years having admitted manslaughter and violent disorder.
Watters, from Kitts Green Road in Birmingham, jailed for 11 years having admitted manslaughter, assault with intent to rob and violent disorder.
DI Jim Mahon, who led the investigation, said: ‘This was an appalling, senseless attack on an innocent young man just trying to enjoy a night out in Solihull with friends.
‘These four thugs were determined to cause trouble and inflict violence that night, and for some reason decided to pick on Jack.
‘His bravery and sense of justice meant he was able to defend himself to a point, but sadly this again shows the deadly consequences that carrying a knife can often have.
Tyrall Blake (left) was jailed for life after being convicted of murder. Accomplice Connor Moore admitted to manslaughter and was jailed for seven and a half years
Regan Watters was jailed for 11 years having admitted manslaughter. Nile Bennett (right) was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder. He’s been jailed for nine-and-a-half years.
‘We had an absolutely fantastic response to our appeals for information from people living in Solihull in the aftermath of this tragedy, and it’s meant we’ve been able to secure the convictions that we have today.
‘The witnesses bravely attended court for the trial and were ready to provide evidence twice in light of the restrictions that the COVID pandemic placed upon holding trials.
‘Jack’s family have endured the trial and had to watch the CCTV of Jack’s last moments many times. They have acted with dignity and respect during all proceedings which is a credit to them as a family.
‘It’s really important that young people, parents and teachers understand the terrible consequences of knife crime.
‘Carrying a knife will not protect you from harm, it is increasingly evident that it will escalate minor violence into serious harm and death.
‘Lives are lost, and others face years behind bars.’