A teenage boxer was shot dead by mistake after he was caught up in a ‘macho man
‘ love triangle feud between two other men, a court heard.
Cole Kershaw, 18, was fatally shot in the chest in Bury, Greater Manchester, when his
best friend, Spencer Woods, was targeted in a gangland-style hit fuelled by jealousy.
As the innocent teen, an apprentice scaffolder, lay dying in the street, he told 19-year-old
Woods: “He shot me, bro, he shot me”. He tragically died on August 12 of 2020.
Manchester Crown Court heard how Woods had become embroiled in a dispute with
Kamran Mohammed, 20, because the pair had been dating the same girl.
Mohammed had Woods beaten up by a gang while Woods had threatened to ‘blow up the
home of Mohammed’s mother, it was said.
Police found text messages sent to Woods by the unidentified girl in the aftermath of the
killing, saying: ‘This is all your fault. Kammy didn’t have a problem with you.
‘You caused the problem with Kammy. You were jealous of Kammy.’
Mohammed, who fired the fatal shot, was today convicted of Mr. Kershaw’s murder and
jailed for life with a minimum 27 of years behind bars.
Mohammed Khan, 22, Khayam Khurshid, 29, were also jailed for life after being found
guilty of murder. They will serve at least 27 and 24 years respectively.
A fourth man, Raheem Hall, 19, of Heywood, admitted assisting an offender and was
sentenced to four years in a young offender’s institution.
The court heard Woods had been dating the woman for two years before she began seeing
Mohammed while maintaining a ‘close relationship’ with her ex.
Jurors were told how in the months before Mr. Kershaw’s death, Woods was attacked by a
group of masked men who were armed with baseball bats and machetes.
He sustained serious injuries but refused to make a statement to the police.
The court heard how Mohammed later threatened the young woman with a gun at her
home, telling her: ‘You think you can have more than one boyfriend’.
The woman told the jury Woods had been ‘possessive’ and had assaulted her during their
She said: ‘I stayed in touch with Spencer after the breakup and he would always have
something to say about Kammy.
‘I knew Spencer hated him. Every word he said about him would be awful or that he was
going to do something and vice versa.
‘Kammy would say that he hated Spencer’s guts too.’
Jason Pitter, prosecuting, told jurors: ‘This relationship caused tensions, which increased
in the months preceding the shooting, and which had much to do with macho muscle-flexing between these two young men.
‘Unfortunately, there was more to it than mere words.
‘The dispute spilled over into actual serious violence and serious threats reaching a
crescendo when Cole was killed.
‘It may well be Mr. Woods was the intended target that night. Cole was the wrong person
in the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people.’
The court heard how, on the night of the killing, Mohammed and his friends had ‘readied’ themselves for a violent confrontation with Woods.
They got into a BMW 5 Series armed with a gun and baseball bats, before confronting
Woods was traveling with Cole and two others in a Ford Mondeo.
Two shots were fired while the BMW was pursuing the Mondeo before a third shot hit Mr
Kershaw in the chest as he and his friends attempted to flee the scene.
He was rushed to Royal Oldham Hospital but later died from his injuries.
Just 30 minutes after the shooting, Mohammed attended a party and told his girlfriend:
‘He deserved it’ when asked about the killing.
He subsequently told another friend: ‘I let off two shots and the third one hit him. The
the wrong person got shot.’
Woods told the court: ‘There was a tension and we would see each other in cars and more
likely chase one another. We wanted to hurt each other, probably.’
But a friend Tia Mawdsley told police Cole had tried to help Woods change his lifestyle as
he feared his friend had got in with ‘the wrong crowd’.