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Man cleared of teenager's murder
The street in Glodwick, Oldham, where Mr Hopley was attacked
Gavin Hopley died in hospital six days after the attack
A 20-year-old man has been cleared of the murder of a teenager who was attacked by a gang after he got lost in an area of Oldham during a night out nearly two years ago.

Security guard Gavin Hopley, 19, was chased and beaten up by the gang in Glodwick in February 2002.

He died of serious head injuries after cracking his head on the pavement.

On Friday, Mohsin Raza, of Brewerton Road, Oldham, was acquitted of Mr Hopley's murder at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after claiming he was working in an Indian take-away on the night of the attack.

In May six men were jailed after the street attack.

Five of the men pleaded guilty to violent disorder while the sixth admitted theft.

Those convicted were:

  • Mohammed Pongki Miah, 39, of Landseer Street, Glodwick, who was sentenced to a year in prison

  • Ruhel Miah, aged 22, of Thorneyhill Close, Glodwick was sentenced to 15 months

  • Foulmiah Mohammed, 21, from Greenhill Terrace, Glodwick, received a nine-month jail sentence

  • Habib Rahman, aged 19, of Orme Street, Glodwick was jailed for 12 months

  • Nizam Uddin, 22, of Sickle Street in Glodwick was also jailed for a year

  • Zallal Uddin, 19, from Park Road, Oldham, who pleaded guilty to theft, was jailed for 21 months

    Mr Hopley died six days after the attack.

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