Farnborough murder investigation: Four men jailed over fatal stabbing of 25-year-old Richard Hardy

November 20, 2018
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Four men have been jailed for a total of 92 years after being found guilty of killing 25-year-old Richard Hardy in a fatal stabbing in Farnborough.

Emergency services found Mr Hardy suffering serious injuries near Mayfield Road at around 1.45pm on January 26.

He was pronounced dead at the scene after he succumbed to multiple stab wounds.

Five men were later arrested and charged with the fatal stabbing.

A jury at Portsmouth Crown Court have now found three of the defendants guilty of the murder of Mr Hardy.

  • Hashim Siddique, 20, of Fintry Walk, Farnborough, was jailed for 27 years.
  • Qasan Siddique, 23, of Fintry Walk, Farnborough, was jailed for 29 years.
  • Omar Goodridge, 21, of Montgomery Way, Portsmouth, was jailed for 28 years.

Richard Hardy, 25, died of multiple stab wounds in Mayfield Road, Farnborough on Friday January 26
(Image: Surrey Police and Grahame Larter)

The fourth man, Leroy Bosha, 27, of Aldwick Close, Farnborough, was found guilty of manslaughter and was jailed for eight years.

A fifth man, Luther Archibald, 31, of Totland Close, Farnborough, was deemed unfit to stand trial.

The jury found that he had not unlawfully killed Mr Hardy.

Speaking after the sentence hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Dave Storey said the stabbing as an example of the violent drug use can cause within communities.

Clockwise from top left: Hashim Siddique, Qasan Siddique, Leroy Bosha, Omar Goodridge
(Image: Hampshire Constabulary)

“Today marks the end of a long investigation into the death of a young man who was stabbed multiple times,” he said.

“Mr Hardy’s death was planned and totally unnecessary, and is another example of the harm, misery and devastation that drug use and associated violence can inflict upon communities.

“We hope that today’s sentence provides some sort of closure for the family and friends of Mr Hardy, and those who live in the area where this murder took place.

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“We are committed to tackling drug-related harm and knife crime, and will continue to work with our partners, both in Rushmoor and the wider county, to raise awareness around the risk and divert those who are vulnerable away from criminality.”

Julie Hardy, Richard’s mother, said: “I would like to emphasise my gratitude and massive thanks to all those who have helped in this case.

“Regardless of any outcome, nothing can bring Richard back. The traumatic effect it has had on all our lives is indescribable.”

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Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/hampshire-news/farnborough-richard-hardy-murder-jailed-15442390


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