Sheffield Trio Jailed For Killing Man
7th April 2016
The Sheffield trio convicted of killing 23-year-old Grant Bodell in June 2014 were handed lengthy jail terms on Wed 6 April, with two of the three men sentenced to life imprisonment.
Following the culmination of a lengthy and complex police investigation, Marvis Smith, 30 (centre), and Brendan McFarlane, 22 (left), were both found guilty of Mr Bodell's murder, with Stevin Pierre, 25 (right), found guilty of his manslaughter, in February this year after a six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court.
Smith, of Park Grange Road, Norfolk Park and McFarlane, of Hyde Park Terrace, Park Hill, have both been sentenced to life imprisonment.
Smith must serve a minimum of 38-years and McFarlane a minimum of 32-years in prison.
Pierre, of Water slacks Close, Woodhouse, has been sentenced to 16-years behind bars.
Detective Superintendent David Barraclough, the Senior Investigating Officer who led the murder investigation said: "Smith, McFarlane and Pierre killed Mr Bodell in cold-blood during the early hours of Saturday, 21 June in Manor Fields District Park.
"Mr Bodell's death is a very tragic case that resulted from an incident that took place a few hours earlier that evening when a firearm was discharged outside a Sheffield club.
"My thoughts and sympathies are with his family and friends who have remained patient throughout the length of this investigation and court proceedings.
"I can only hope the sentencing today provides them with some form of comfort knowing that justice has been served, and that it also sends a strong message to anyone who makes the decision to arm themselves with a weapon, regardless of how long it takes, we will bring you before the courts to be held accountable for your actions."
The earlier incident occurred on the evening of Friday, 20 June 2014, just hours before the murder took place, when Mr Bodell and two of his friends were at the Embassy Club on Mansfield Road in Intake.
Just before midnight, the three leave the club however they are seen on CCTV to be involved in a heated discussion just outside with a larger group who were associated to Marvis Smith.
Historically there had been a certain degree of animosity and ill-feeling between Mr Bodell's two friends and the group, as well as with Smith.
The three left the club after the encounter, which had been captured on CCTV, but returned around half an hour later, with one of Mr Bodell's friends in possession of a shotgun which he fired in an attempt to intimidate the other group.
Following this incident, the three left and shortly after into the early hours of Saturday, 21 June, they were drinking in Manor Fields District Park when Smith, McFarlane and Pierre approached the entrance from the direction of Bassledene Road.
Mr Bodell was shot at least three times, with the post-mortem examination recording the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds. There were no injuries sustained by anyone else as a result of either incident.
A large-scale police investigation was immediately launched with thorough forensic examinations of the scene taking place and days of evidence gathering, ensuring all the information retrieved was comprehensively investigated.
Det Supt Barraclough continued: "The investigation was protracted and complex with detectives and officers relentlessly pursuing all lines of enquiry to ensure every aspect was investigated thoroughly for over 18 months.
One of the lines resulted in a separate strand of the investigation developing, which closely monitored the movements of Smith through covert tactics.
"The complexity of the investigation then deepened even further as it became apparent that Smith and McFarlane, as well as another man, Abdullah Mohammed, were involved in a large scale drugs and firearms operation.
"Detectives collated irrefutable evidence against the three and they were charged with a number of offences including unlawful possession of a firearm and conspiracy to supply class A and B drugs.
"All three entered guilty pleas to the offences in February this year, including Smith pleading to an additional charge of threats to kill, and have also been sentenced today for these crimes."
Mohammed has been sentenced to a total of 20-years behind bars, with sentences handed to Smith, ranging from 12 to 23-years, and McFarlane, ranging from 9 to 19-years, for each charge against them.
These additional jail terms will run concurrently with their murder sentences.