Two men have been found guilty for their roles in the death of Sheffield man Armend Xhika.
Yesterday (Wednesday 12 July), after a four-week trial, a jury found Marsid Senia, 25, and Mentor Selmani, 28, guilty of manslaughter. They had deliberated for over 18 hours.
They had heard how, at 7:45pm on 13 May 2021, a group of men, now known to have included Senia and Selmani, met Armend and three of his friends on Earl Marshall Road in Sheffield. The ‘meet’ between the two groups was arranged following a road traffic collision earlier that day for which the group held Armend responsible.
CCTV footage showed that during the altercation that followed, Armend dropped to the floor before fleeing the scene. His three friends also suffered stab wounds. Minutes later, Armend could be seen staggering back towards Earl Marshall Road. A friend picked him up in a car and took him to his home address, before rushing him to hospital. Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Armend was pronounced dead a short time later.
The 22-year-old had suffered a 10cm deep stab wound to his chest, cutting through his heart, as well as four additional stab wounds to his neck and body.
Selmani had been captured on CCTV carrying a knife.
Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Simon Cartwright said: “Armend lost his life at the hands of others for damage to a vehicle. He would not have died if those involved in his death were not intent on causing him harm and getting their ‘justice’ for a material possession.
“Knife crime devastates lives. The pain and trauma of losing a loved one to knife crime never goes away and Armend’s family now have to face living without their loved one because of the defendant’s decision to arm themselves with knives.
“Carrying a knife is never the answer and we take a zero-tolerance approach to those carrying weapons across South Yorkshire.
“My thoughts remain with Armend’s family and friends, and I hope that today’s verdict helps to bring some closure to their suffering.”
During an initial trial at the start of the year, Selmani was convicted of Section 18 assault and Section 20 assault. Senia was convicted of Section 18 assault. This relates to assaults on other members of the group that same evening.
Senia, of Burnett Street, Bradford, and Selmani, of no fixed address, have been remanded in custody will appear before Sheffield Crown Court for sentencing at a later date.
We are still seeking two men in connection to the death of Armend – brothers Eljaso Cela, 28, and 26-year-old Mateo Cela.
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If anyone sees either of the Cela brothers please call 999. Information can be passed to us via 101 quoting incident number 857 of 13 May 2021. You can also provide information via the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) here – https://mipp.police.uk/operation/14SY21K05-PO1
Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers via their website – www.crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling their UK Contact Centre on freephone 0800 555 111.