Whitehurst guilty of killing gang rival in chase
A young man with links to the MOB gang is behind bars today after he was found guilty of killing a motorcyclist associated with a rival group.
Kethyio Whitehurst chased Travis Lowe through the back streets of Southampton on his motorcycle, causing Mr Lowe to collide head-on with a van travelling in the opposite direction.
Yesterday, a Supreme Court jury unanimously found Whitehurst guilty of Mr Lowe’s manslaughter.
The 21-year-old showed no emotion as the verdict was returned and was remanded in custody by Puisne Judge Charles-Etta Simmons.
During the course of the trial, prosecutors had maintained that Whitehurst was “on the hunt” for a target when he left Boaz Island on the afternoon of July 26 and drove east.
CCTV footage taken from police cameras showed him set off in pursuit of Mr Lowe as Mr Lowe turned into Camp Hill Road and then chase him all the way to Southampton Rangers Sports Club, through the car park and up on to Horseshoe Road.
Further footage taken from a private residence on Horseshoe Road captured the high-speed pursuit and the moment Mr Lowe careered into the front of the van. Whitehurst could then be heard on the recording swearing and laughing at Mr Lowe as he lay stricken on the floor.
He later bragged to his friends that he had “made Travis go down” after chasing him through Southampton.
In one WhatsApp chat found on his mobile phone, he says: “Yeah, he was knocked out ... I just hope he dies ... one less n***a to worry about even though he a b***h.”
The court heard that Whitehurst was linked to the membership of the West End gang, MOB, and was looking to work his way up the ladder, while Mr Lowe had historic links to the rival Parkside gang,
Jurors heard Mr Lowe suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of the collision and died seven days after the crash.
Road collision investigators estimated that the motorcyclists must have been going at least 53km/h during the pursuit over Camp Hill. Whitehurst never took the stand to give his version of events, and his lawyer did not dispute that he was the man on the motorcycle behind Mr Lowe.
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