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Four men jailed for stabbing of Malaciah Thomas on Cardiff Street

Four men who stabbed a 20-year-old to death on a Cardiff street over a 'love triangle' have been jailed.

Daniel Roberts and Christopher Griffiths, who both stabbed Malaciah Thomas, were given life sentences with a minimum term of 25 years while Awez Jamshiad, who was the get away driver, was sentenced to custody for life with a minimum term of 11 years.

Saif Shazhad, who was found guilty of manslaughter, was sentenced to 7 years and six months at a young offenders institute.

Cardiff Crown Court heard how Malaciah had been caught in a love triangle with his teenage sweetheart and Daniel Roberts.

He was stabbed several times in his back, arm, chest, stomach and face as he sat in his car in Grangetown in Cardiff last July - just two days before his 21st birthday.

The stabbing happened in July of last year in Grangetown Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

CCTV footage showed Roberts jumping kicking in the window of the silver Ford Fusion car while Griffiths appeared to block the passenger door.

Malaciah briefly escaped his car, only to be chased down by his attackers and stabbed again.

Neighbours and emergency workers tried to save him but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Daniel Roberts, Christopher Griffiths, Awez Jamshaid, and Saif Shazhad. Credit: South Wales Police

Malaciah's sister, Ashanti, said they 'should have been celebrating his 21st birthday' but instead were mourning his death:

It's impossible to describe the effect Malaciah's death has had on my family and me. We want to remember Malaciah as he was. But instead of celebrating his 21st birthday, we were mourning his death. Instead of celebrating my mums birthday in August, we were planning his funeral.

Malaciah was brought up to defend himself and others. All we can say about those who took his life is that they are cowards. This has not just had a massive ripple effect on our family and friends but on their families too.

– Ashanti Thomas, Malaciah's sistr

Delivering the sentence, the Judge, Mrs Justice Jefford said it was a 'ferocious and calculated attack', and Malaciah Thomas didn't 'stand a chance'.

South Wales Police said the case highlighted the 'devastating' consequences of knife crime:

The tragic case sadly highlights the devastating and far reaching consequences of knife crime. Knife crime has risen across the UK and unfortunately we're not an exception to that in South Wales.

South Wales Police are committed to tackling knife crime by preventing people fro carrying these weapons and robustly dealing with people who we find involved in such criminality. My condolences go to Malaciah Thomas' family and friends

– Det Ch Insp Gareth Morgan, South Wales Police

The Crown Prosecution Service added that it was a 'cowardly' attack which gave the victim 'little chance of protecting himself'.

This was a planned attack where four men set upon another and used the knives they brought with them. Malaciah had his life taken away in tragic circumstances and our thoughts are with his family and friends over their loss.

– Crown Prosecution Service