Man convicted for manslaughter of Ex-cocaine dealer Bradley Cresswell

Ridwaan Shaikh guilty for the death of 21-year-old Bradley Cresswell.Photo credit Herts Constabulary

Today Ridwaan has been convicted of the manslaughter of 21 year old Bradley Cresswell.

  • Bradley Cresswell died after an assault in the street
  • He suffered a fatal bleed on his brain which caused his death
  • To be sentenced at the Old Bailey.

Bradley suffered a fatal brain injury when he was assaulted in an unprovoked and unexpected attack in Watford town centre during an altercation between two groups at the end of a night out.


On the evening of Saturday, September 17 last year, Bradley and his friends went to Hydeout Nightclub in Watford town centre.


Shaikh had consumed a considerable amount of alcohol and had been smoking cannabis and was described to be in  ‘a volatile, aggressive frame of mind’.


CCTV shows aggression in the smoking area, Shaikh staring intently at Bradley as he walked past him in the club.


At closing time, one of Bradley’s friends had knocked to the floor by one of Shaikh’s friends.


Outside Shaikh without warning, punched Bradley knocking him unconscious. He then attempted to hit Bradley again while he was on the ground but missed and walked away.


Bradley was taken to the hospital but he never regained consciousness and tragically passed away.


Inspector Pushpa Guild from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Shaikh was intent on exacting revenge on Bradley that morning following his interaction with Bradley in the nightclub.


“Neither were known to each other and Shaikh was not local to the Watford area however, having knocked Bradley unconscious on the first occasion, he was determined to pursue Bradley and waited for an opportune moment before cowardly striking the fatal punch, which led to Bradley’s death and resulted in Shaikh being charged with murder.


“Following a three week trial a jury of his peers has considered the evidence and found Shaikh guilty of manslaughter.


“I hope that Bradley’s family will draw some comfort from this outcome.”


He said: "I concur with the comments made by Judge Plumstead. Bradley Cresswell has been a thorn in the side of South Oxhey for a long time. He thought he was invincible.

"He caused misery for residents and I know this conviction will be welcome to them.


Inspector Nick Lillitou from the Watford Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “The events of Sunday, September 18 were completely unnecessary. “We work closely with pubs and clubs, Watford Borough Council and other partners to ensure that the town centre is as safe as possible"


“Thankfully, incidents as serious as this are unusual and we will continue to do all we can to apprehend and bring to justice those who cause violence in Watford town centre.”




Is this really an unsusual occurence in the town?


March 2017, a takeaway customer is headbutted by another man last Friday night at Roosters Piri Piri restaurant in Watford, Hertfordshire. It is understood it was not reported to police. (video made national news)


Feb 2017, Two men jailed for eight years each for the rape of an 18-year-old they met in Watford nightclub. August 1 2016 (full story here)


on Sunday, December 11 2016, a 19-year-old woman was sexually assaulted by a man in Sainsbury’s car park. (full story here)


in October 2016, a 16-year-old was stabbed after a fight at around 6pm near to Watford High Street Station.


At 4am on Tuesday, July 5 2016, an 18-year-old was attacked and had phone stolen by three men as he walked down an alleyway of Lower High Street.


Feb 2016 - A man who chased another young man through Watford town centre, who punched and robbed him of £50 , pleaded guilty to robbery and assault by beating.


on Sunday September 27 2015, a 36 year old man, was hit to the head which resulted in him losing consciousness.


in 2015 a man named Ian moore punched a man unconcious but luckily regained conciousness.


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