Three men jailed for shooting and kidnap

18/08/2016

Three men have been jailed to a total of 62 years at Manchester Crown Court for shooting a man and woman in the car park of Gala Bingo in Harpurhey, Manchester, on 12th January 2014 and kidnapping a man on 17th January 2014.

James Henry, James Instone and Mark Barker followed Scott Calder to the bingo hall where he travelled to meet his mother.  Following a failed kidnap attempt, they shot at the car, resulting in both mother and son receiving gunshot wounds.  Five days later Mark Barker and James Instone kidnapped Scott Calder's brother.

Howard Gough, Head of the CPS North West Complex Casework Unit said: "Today these violent men have been jailed for 62 years for taking the law into their own hands, causing fear within the communities of Greater Manchester.

"Their target, Scott Calder, was believed to have stolen drugs and money from them, leading them to make violent attempts to both retrieve what he had stolen and to seek retribution.

"They arranged the shooting in a determined and well planned operation.  They followed Scott Calder to a public car park in a two car convoy where they attempted to kidnap him.  When this failed they fired a number of bullets at him and his mother. They managed to drive to safety whilst bullets were fired at them.

"Only a matter of days later, James Instone and Mark Barker kidnapped Scott Calder's brother and took him to a flat in Salford where they stripped him and held him hostage whilst making demands for money for his release. They only released him when their ransom was paid.

"Drugs and guns are a blight on our communities and we are committed to working closely with the police to bring those who commit such offences to justice so that the public can go about their daily business without fear."

Ends

Individual sentences:

  • James Henry was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for attempted kidnap, two counts of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on 12th January 2014.
  • James Instone was sentenced to 22 years for attempted kidnap, two counts of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on 12th January 2014 and blackmail on 17th January.
  • Mark Barker was sentenced to 25 years for attempted kidnap, two counts of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life on 12th January 2014 and kidnap, false imprisonment and blackmail on 17th January 2014.