Postcode gang murder in Sheffield remains unsolved 11 years on
The murder of a 16-year-old Sheffield boy gunned down in a postcode gang war in SheffieldÂ remains unsolved '“Â 11 years on.
Jonathan Matondo was shot dead 11 years ago this month in a killing which shocked Sheffield and blew the lid off a deadly feud in which rival gang membersÂ from Burngreave and Pitsmoor were at war.
Jonathan, from Verdon Street, Burngreave, was killedÂ close to a children's playground at theÂ Nottingham Cliff recreation ground in Burngreave, with detectivesÂ believing he was targeted by a rival gang in a postcode gang war which spiralled out of control.
It led to South Yorkshire Police revealing for the first time that twoÂ armed gangs, knownÂ as S3 and S4,Â were involved in a long-runningÂ feud at that time.
In the two years before Jonathan's murder, a policeÂ dossier revealedÂ 38 incidents involving the gangs had been reported and had led to theÂ recovery of six guns.
Jonathan, who moved to Sheffield when he was six years oldÂ to escape a deadly civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was a member of theÂ S3 gang.
His family had believed he hadÂ wanted to become aÂ Christian pastor, but the teenager was known on the streets as '˜Venomous' and carried a knife and a gun.
At the time of his death, JonathanÂ was serving a supervision order for a robbery committed in 2006. Just a few days before his murder Jonathan admitted to a friend that he had either stabbed or slashed somebody in an incident in The Vibe nightclub in Sheffield city centre.
Detectives believeÂ JonathanÂ wasÂ targeted in retaliation for a shooting at a house belonging to relatives ofÂ an S4 member the night before.
There was a failed attempt onÂ Jonathan's life a few hours before he was killed, when shots were fired at him while he visited a friend's flat on Melrose Road, Pitsmoor.
But he was finally assassinatedÂ when he was shot in hisÂ head fromÂ a distance ofÂ around 60ft by a gun with aÂ red laser device attached toÂ pinpoint the target.
The same gun used to killÂ Jonathan had been used to fire at another S3Â member's home two months earlier.
A 19-year-old man, who spent a year in custody, stood trial twice over the murder but walked free.
Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in the first trial and he was found not guilty after a re-trial.
Detectives at the time saidÂ they believed a number of people were involved in the killing and that officers would 'relentlessly pursue'Â them but to date nobody else has ever been charged.
Chief Crown Prosecutor at that time, Nigel Cowgill, said: 'It may never be known who pulled the trigger.' Jonathan's murder was one of threeÂ involvingÂ S3Â gang members in theÂ space of a year, with the other twoÂ theÂ result ofÂ the S3 gang imploding and rival factions forming.
Brett Blake, 23, was stabbedÂ to death on the dancefloor ofÂ Uniq nightclub on Carver Street in SheffieldÂ city centre in June 2008 after a series for tit-for-tat attacks.
Danny Hockenhull, from, Grimesthorpe and Curtis Goring, from Firth Park, were jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 21 years behind bars before the minimum tariffÂ was reduced to 18 on appeal. One month later, Tarek Chaiboub, 17, from Wincobank, was shot deadÂ in an attack ordered by a fellow S3 member while he was behind bars.
The teenager wasÂ blamed for passing on information which led to an attack on another S3 member.
Nigel Junior Ramsey, whoÂ was known as '˜The General' and ran the younger element of the S3 gang, orderedÂ Tarek's murder from behind bars -Â instructingÂ his younger brother Denzil Ramsey, his next door neighbour Levan Menzies and friend Michael Chattoo,Â to carry out the killing.
HeÂ was shot at Frenchie's barbers in Spital Street, Burngreave, and hisÂ killers were jailed for a total ofÂ 110 years after being found guilty of murder.
Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101.