AN Oldham man has been denied leave to appeal against his 11-year prison sentence for manslaughter resulting from the death of 24-year-old barrister’s clerk Joe O’Brien outside a Failsworth pub.

Daniel Kamara, 23, was one of two men convicted over the April 2019 death of Mr O’Brien outside The Royal Oak.

Momodu Jallow, then 21, fatally stabbed their victim during a large fight near the Oldham Road hostelry and was jailed for life.

Another man, Blake Walker, was also stabbed twice but survived his injuries.

Kamara later received an additional two years to his sentence for drug dealing.

Appeal Court judges Lord Justice Haydon Cave, Mr Justice Jeremy Baker and Mrs Justice Moulder Dbe have now denied him an appeal hearing.

They agreed with the Recorder of Liverpool’s original ruling that Kamara, of Beswick Drive, Failsworth, “must bear a good deal of blame for what happened, given your role in starting the disorder”.

He said although Kamara did not stab the victim himself and may not have been armed with a knife, “by your own actions you clearly encouraged others to do so”.

The Recorder added: “You did not have a knife, but I find as a fact that you were aware that some of your friends had knives.”

Judges said Kamara's offence as an “unusual case of manslaughter” as the jury’s verdict meant he had not directly cause either the fatal injury to Mr O’Brien or the stab wounds to Mr Walker, as he was not in possession of a knife.

But they agreed with the jury and the Recorder’s ruling that Kamara knew other friends in the group were armed with knives.

“This resulted in all too predictable fatal consequences and therefore entailed high culpability by the applicant under the relevant sentencing guidelines,” they said.

“The applicant (Kamara) must bear a good deal of the blame for what happened, given his role in starting the disorder that night. Moreover, the incident was aggravated by taking place in the context of serious public disorder in which there were two victims, one of whom died and the other whom was wounded.

“In these circumstances, despite such mitigation as was available to the applicant, including his relatively young age and lack of previous convictions we are quite satisfied that the overall sentence of 11 years imprisonment was entirely justified."