Gang members jailed for over a hundred years

10/10/2017

Six men have been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court today to over a hundred years in prison for conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life which was used in four separate shooting incidents in the Greater Manchester area during a six day period in October 2015. The defendants were found guilty after a trial earlier this year.

The incidents resulted from feuds between three drugs gangs in Salford. Although the gun has never been recovered police and prosecutors were able to prove that the same firearm was fired in each incident and that these defendants had all been involved in a conspiracy to possess and handle it.

The gun was used in an incident on 5 October 2015 when a man was shot in the leg, arm and stomach in the doorway of an address in Little Hulton.  On 10 October 2015 a man was shot in the stomach at an address in Bolton when it seems that during the handover of the gun there was an accidental discharge.  On the evening of the same day there were two further shooting incidents: when shots were fired at a house in Farnworth and later at a house in Little Hulton.  Although no-one was injured at these addresses it was the prosecution case that these two incidents were in reprisal for a shooting shortly after midnight when a gang member's house was targeted and a man was shot and injured. 

Ben Southam, Deputy Head of the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said: "This was a complex case involving the analysis of very detailed evidence gathered by the police.  Through analysing mobile phone data and CCTV evidence police and CPS have been able to piece together the movements of each of these defendants during the time that these shootings happened.  We have been able to prove that they were all involved in the handling, possession and firing of the gun that was used and they have each been jailed today for their involvement.

"It is very fortunate that no-one was killed or more seriously injured in these incidents.  The use of firearms for settling feuds is completely unacceptable and puts innocent members of the public at risk. We will continue to work closely with Greater Manchester Police to tackle firearms offences in Greater Manchester and to bring to justice those who use and possess guns."

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  • Marc Murray was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment and will have to serve at least 20 before being eligible for parole
  • John Kennedy was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment
  • Harry Allen was sentenced to 16 years and 11 months
  • Patrick McCann was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment and two months
  • Kane Morrison was sentenced to 17 years imprisonment
  • Anthony Smith was sentenced to 14 years and three months

In total they received 107 years and four months in prison.