Northern Lincolnshire

A 22-year-old man from Scunthorpe has been given a life sentence in prison in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old man.

Peter Balog, 22, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a requirement to serve a minimum of 21 years before he can become eligible for release, after Abdullah Balouchi, 20, was murdered on Peel Street in Hull on October 7, 2020.

Balog initially pleaded not guilty, but changed his plea to guilty after two weeks of the trial.

Abdirahman Aadan, 18, of Pendril Street, Hull, will be kept at her majesty’s pleasure for a minimum of 17 years, due to being 17-years-old at the time of conviction, after also being found guilty of murder.

Two other men, Khalid and Mohamed Aadan, 19 and 20 respectively, both of Pendrill Street, Hull, were found guilty of manslaughter and will serve 10 years detention in a young offenders institute.

Both have a requirement to serve a minimum of two thirds of that period before consideration can be given to the remaining time served in the community under license.

20-year-old Abdullah Balouchi was murdered on Peel Street in Hull on October 7, 2020. | Photo: Humberside Police

The investigation into Abdullah’s murder will continue, as police say there are still outstanding suspects.

Humberside Police have vowed to not rest until all individuals have been brought to justice.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent, Robert Clark said: “Whilst these convictions and lengthy sentences will not bring back Abdullah, I hope they will provide the Balouchi family with some sense of closure as they continue to grieve for their loved one.”

“I just, again, want to thank them for their strength, courage and dignity during what has been a very painful and difficult time, one that no family should have to endure.”

“Abdullah’s murder was a senseless act bringing the most violent of crime onto the streets of Hull, effecting not only the Abdullah’s family and friends but also this close knit community.

“We continue to work closely in the area around Spring Bank to unite people and make sure that it is a safe place for everyone to live and work.”

Scunthorpe United defender Harry Davis, who only joined the club this summer, has already been made captain of the club for the coming season.

Centre back Davis, 29, joined Scunthorpe from recently promoted Morecambe in the summer, after his contract at the Shrimps had expired.

He has over 300 senior appearances to his name, and has already captained the Iron on multiple occasions during pre-season matches.

Harry also spent three years as club captain at Crewe Alexandra, so has plenty of experience in the role at Football League level.


Harry Davis has joined the Iron on a one-year contract. | Photo: Scunthorpe United

First team manager Neil Cox praised the 29-year-old’s leadership skills when discussing his reasons behind making Davis the captain.

He told iFollow Iron: “He’s always been a leader, and he’s come into this football club and led by example. He’s trained, organised and spoken to everyone really well. I think he’s at the right stage of his career for this, and he’ll be a good captain for this football club.

“I’ve been really impressed by what he’s brought off the field, but he’s also a leader on the pitch who knows when to scream and shout, when it’s the right time to talk to people, and also when to pull people aside and help them out.

“He’s a leader and that’s what we want. While he’s captain, everyone else has to lead by example as well, and he starts it off for me.”

Harry said he was “delighted” to be named captain and thanked manager Neil Cox for putting his trust in him.

“It’s something I really enjoy. I feel it’ll get the best out of me, and my job’s to get the best out of everyone else as well.

“I will give my all for the football club and try to help us improve on and off the pitch.”

Scunthorpe United begin their League Two campaign at home to Swindon Town on Saturday, looking to improve on their narrow avoiding of relegation last season, when the Iron finished 22nd.

A teenage boy who drowned while playing at a Scunthorpe nature reserve on Tuesday has been named by police.

Kai Gardner-Pugh, 14, got into difficulty while playing in a lake at Ashby Ville Nature Reserve, and the police underwater search unit later found his body.

A Humberside Police spokesman said: “Kai’s family continue to be supported by specially trained officers and our thoughts remain with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

Humberside Police were called to the nature reserve at Mortal Ash Hill, Scunthorpe at 3pm on Tuesday, July 27.

Police continue to appeal for witnesses to the incident. If you have any information that would help with their enquiries, no matter how small, call 101 quoting log 370 of July 27, 2021.

The boy drowned in the nature reserve. | Photo: BBC News Hub

A North Lincolnshire Council spokesperson said: “This is a terrible tragedy for the whole community and our hearts go out to the family and friends of the young person.

“We don’t yet know the circumstances surrounding this terrible incident. A police investigation is currently underway.”

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