Three men sentenced in complex murder


Three people have been sentenced to a total of 88 years in prison after being found guilty of the murder of 31-year-old Jason Osu in November 2012.

Mr Osu was shot as he was parking his car in his driveway on Beauclair Drive in Wavertree in Liverpool on Monday 19 November 2012.

He died in hospital on Monday 26 November as a result of his injuries.

Following the launch of a murder investigation, three men, 22-year-old Paul Croxton, 54-year-old George McGovern and 30-year-old Thomas White, were charged with Jason's murder. All three men were found guilty following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Helen Morris, Senior Crown Prosecutor with Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The fatal shooting of Jason Osu was a tragedy for him and his family.

"They and the other victims of the criminal activities of Paul Croxton and his associates will, I hope, take comfort from the Jury's verdicts.

"The investigation into Jason's shooting, the attempted murder of Darren Alcock and the frightening firearms discharges in the Maghull area has been lengthy and painstaking.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has worked closely with Merseyside Police throughout, piecing together the evidence and building a substantial case to put before the Court.

"The verdicts are a vindication of that hard work and send a message to the criminal community that those who commit gun crime will always be pursued."

Detective Superintendent Mike Shaw, who led the investigation into Jason's murder, said: "Jason Osu's murder was well planned and carried out with ruthless efficiency.

"Only these men know why they carried out this murder and their actions have demonstrated how dangerous they are.

"This has been one of the most complex and challenging murder investigations I, and many of my team, have ever been involved in.

"I would like to thank the team and the Crown Prosecution Service for their professionalism and commitment throughout this investigation and for their hard work in bringing this case to court."