Two men sentenced to a total of 49 years in jail for shooting dead a teenager

31/05/2016

Two men have been jailed for a total of 49 years for shooting dead a teenager in a Liverpool street.

Liverpool Crown Court heard that Luke Kendrick, 26, and Ryan Bate, 24, murdered Vinny Waddington, 18, in Banks Road in Garston just before 9pm on the 14th July 2015.

The two men were in an Audi A3 car that rammed a scrambler motorcycle that had been driven by Francis Humphries. Vinny Waddington had been a pillion passenger on the bike.

Mr Waddington and Mr Humphries jumped free from the bike before the car hit it and the bike became trapped underneath the Audi. A single shotgun shot was fired from the driver's side of the car. Mr Waddington was killed by the shot, Mr Humphries was injured.

Bate, Kendrick and another man fled the scene but left evidence linking them to the car. Mr Waddington staggered to a nearby garden where the owner of the house spotted him and called the emergency services.

He was confirmed dead later at hospital. He'd died from a gunshot wound to his chest.

The court heard that there had been an altercation between Bate and Kendrick and Vinny Waddington and Francis Humphries in the hour leading up to the shooting.

Several passers-by also reported seeing the Audi and the scrambler bike being driven around the Speke and Garston area.

Shortly after the shooting, Kendrick's aunt contacted him, saying the police and his mother were at her house.

The police had been called following reports that a gang of youths had been threatening the house.

Kendrick told his aunt that he would come over and when he arrived, the police described him as looking "extremely agitated".

They asked him why he was there and he said, "Its me you want to speak to".

The police recorded the conversation that followed on a body camera.  Kendrick began to tell his mum and aunt that he had been chased by an off road motorbike.

He told them he'd been driving the Audi but claimed the two men on the scrambler bike were armed with machetes and a gun. He said he drove the Audi at them as he thought he was going to be shot. He said the two men then ran off.

Kendrick was then arrested and charged with murder. Bate went to ground for several weeks after the incident but was eventually traced to a flat in Everton and arrested.

Both men were today (Friday 27 May 2016) sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Mr Waddington and injuring Mr Humphries.

Kendrick must serve a minimum of 25 years before he can be considered for release and Bate must serve 24 years.

Ben Southam, from Mersey-Cheshire Crown Prosecution Services Complex Casework Unit said: "Vinny Waddington and Francis Humphries were targeted by Kendrick and Bate in a pre-planned attack.

"They deliberately drove the Audi at the two men, ramming the motorcycle and trapping it under the front of the car. Mr Waddington was shot in the chest at close range and stood very little chance of survival.

"Kendrick had been released from prison just a couple of months before the shooting. He and Bate clearly saw themselves as above the law, able to fire at people in broad daylight in a residential area.

"Both men denied their part in this tragedy throughout and Mr Waddington's relatives have had to relive the events of that day in the trial, including his last moments when he was found in a nearby garden by strangers.

"I would like to extend our condolences to the family of Mr Waddington and to thank all those who have helped bring these two violent men to justice."