Third man jailed after man gunned down in Liverpool Street

03/08/2017

A third man has been jailed following the death of Mark Hillman who was gunned down in a Liverpool Street last year.

Mark Hillman was mortally wounded by two bullets on 27 April 2016 in Lloyd Close in Everton.

John Paul Johns, 22, of Broad Lane, Kirkby, was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 25 years after being found guilty of murder.

In February this year, Brandon Bilsborough was sentenced to life after being found guilty of the murder. Connor Hunt was sentenced to eight years after being found guilty of wounding.

Geoff Fryar, Senior District Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Mr Hillman was a drug dealer and the men responsible for his death were also drug dealers.

"It's thought Mr Hillman and the men had been in dispute about who was selling drugs in the Anfield area and where they were selling them. The men had clashed with each other on a number of occasions on 27 April. Hunt had slashed Mr Hillman's face with a knife earlier in the day.

"Mr Hillman was contacted via a phone he didn't recognise and told to go to Lloyd Close for around 5pm.

"He thought it was to drop off drugs at a location he'd delivered drugs to before. In fact, he was embarking on the last hour of his life. Shortly after he got to Lloyd Close he was shot twice in the back. A passer-by saw his lifeless body in the road and two men standing by him. Those two men were Bilsborough and Johns.

"Bilsborough and Hunt later fled the country and were arrested as they returned from Malaga in June last year.

"Bringing the third man in this dreadful enterprise to justice has rewarded all the hard work carried out by Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service. All three men had denied any involvement in the events of that day. But two juries have seen through those denials and all three are now in jail."