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SYTECH Case (Cell-Site Analysis, GPS Forensics and Advanced Phone Forensics including “Chip-Off”) – Dale Cregan Given Whole Life Prison Sentence

A Greater Manchester Police led investigation used the help and services of SYTECH to utilise their expertise in Cell-Site Analysis, GPS Forensics and Advanced Phone Forensics including “Chip-Off” for their successful investigation and subsequent convictions.

Dale Cregan will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murders of four people in Manchester.

Cregan, 30, admitted killing father and son David and Mark Short, and the double murder of policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes last September, and faces the rest of his life in prison.

The ambush of the two officers was the culmination of a crime spree which began with him gunning down Mark Short as he played pool in the Cotton Tree pub in Droylsden on May 25. His father David had been the target.

Three months after the pub attack, in August 2012, he killed Mark’s father David Short, 46, in a gun and grenade assault at his home in Clayton, also in Greater Manchester.

Dale Cregan court case
A cache of weapons, including grenades, recovered after Cregan’s arrest

It ended with Cregan luring two police officers to a house with a false report of a break-in, before gunning them down in cold blood.

The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde QC, said he had “pursued them with a cold blooded determination to end their lives”.

He spoke of the “horror of bodies being disfigured by the exploding of a hand grenade”, adding that the killings were an “act of premeditated savagery”.

He told the defendants that he had seen no hint of real remorse, or compassion for the victims.

PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
Cregan had already admitted murdering Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

Ahead of the sentencing, Michael Lavery, representing Cregan, said he could not make “sensible” submissions in mitigation, given the “exceptionally grave offences” his client had committed and admitted.

Nazir Afzal, chief crown prosecutor for the North West, said the killings were “nothing short of executions”.

Police commissioner Tony Lloyd said the case cast a “long, dark shadow” across the city.

Commenting on the murder of two unarmed officers, Greater Manchester chief constable Sir Peter Fahy said: “The British public prize the fact that their police force is routinely unarmed and saw this attack as an attack on all of us.”

David and Mark Short
David (L) and Mark Short were both killed by Cregan

On Thursday two other men – Luke Livesey and Damian Gorman – were found guilty of Mark Short‘s murder and the attempted murder of three people at the pub.

They were given life sentences with a minimum term of 33 years.

Jermaine Ward and Anthony Wilkinson were convicted of murdering David Short, and were given life sentences with a minimum term of 33 and 35 years respectively.

Mohammed Imran Ali, found guilty of assisting an offender, was given a seven year prison term.

Dale Cregan
Cregan had his hair and beard trimmed to look good in court

Cregan was cleared of one remaining attempted murder charge. He smiled and shook hands with the other defendants after the verdicts.

During the trial a barber told the court of his “terror” when Cregan turned up at his home the night before murdering the two police officers.

Alan Whitwell was forced to trim the hair and beard of the double-killer on the run from police, an order given by Cregan so he would look good in court.

It can also now be reported that one of the jurors trying Cregan and the others was dismissed after declaring within days that they were all “as guilty as f***”.

Dale Cregan court case
Co-accused Mohammed Ali, Jermaine Ward and Anthony Wilkinson

Cregan was subjected to twice-daily checks behind his false eye as part of the intensive security operation surrounding his trial.

He is thought to have lost his eye in a fight with police in Thailand which involved a knuckle-duster.

Around 150 officers – several armed – swamped Preston Crown Court on each day of the trial which started in February as they monitored the complex and surrounding streets.

Two snipers were positioned on the facing roof of a solicitor’s building, while a portable cabin was erected at the entrance to assist in the searching of all visitors.

The cost of the security operation topped £5m.

Dale Cregan Given Whole Life Prison Sentence.

SYTECH – Dale Cregan admits father and son murders in Greater Manchester

David and Mark Short
David Short (left) was killed at his home in August, with his son Mark shot dead in May

Police killer Dale Cregan has admitted the murders of a father and son in Greater Manchester.


Mark Short, 23, was shot in a pub in Droylsden in May 2012. His father David, 46, was killed in a gun and grenade attack in Clayton last August.


Cregan, 29, has now admitted four murders including those of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.


Simon Csoka QC told the jury at Preston Crown Court his client “is going to die in prison”.


The trial heard how David Short was fatally injured when Cregan and Anthony Wilkinson attacked him at his home on 10 August.


Weeks earlier, on 25 May, Cregan had shot dead Mark Short while he played pool in the Cotton Tree pub.


Shortly after the trial started he admitted the murders of the two Greater Manchester Police officers in Abbey Gardens, Mottram, in September last year.


The jury heard how Cregan lured PCs Bone and Hughes to a house before shooting them repeatedly and then throwing a grenade.


Four murders

Earlier in court, Cregan offered guilty pleas to the attempted murder of three men in the pub attack – John Collins, Ryan Pridding and Michael Belcher.


He also admitted causing an explosion, but denies the attempted murder of Sharon Hark.


Dale Cregan
Dale Cregan, 29, has now admitted four murders including those of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes

In his closing speech, Mr Csoka said: “You now know for sure that he has murdered four people and that he has attempted to murder others inside the Cotton Tree pub.


“Ordinarily in a closing speech the defence barrister will tell you how important your task is, how it makes so much difference, how the liberty of the defendant hangs in the balance.


“All of those words mean nothing now, absolutely nothing.


“He is going to be sentenced for four murders and three attempted murders. He is not going anywhere. He is going to die in prison.”


Nine co-defendants

It is alleged by the Crown the violence first started after a “long-standing feud” between two rival Manchester families – the Shorts and the Atkinsons.


The court previously heard the pub shooting was ordered by Leon Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne, and that Cregan recruited Luke Livesey, 27, from Hattersley.


Damian Gorman, 37, from Glossop, Ryan Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, and Matthew James, 33, from Clayton, were also recruited for the task.


They all deny the murder of Mark Short and the attempted murders of Mr Collins, Mr Pridding and Mr Belcher.


In April, Anthony Wilkinson, 34, changed his plea to guilty over the murder of David Short.


He denies one count of the attempted murder of Sharon Hark and causing an explosion with a hand grenade.


Francis Dixon, 37, from Stalybridge, and Jermaine Ward, 24, deny the above charges relating to David Short and Sharon Hark.


Mohammed Ali, 23, from Chadderton, denies assisting an offender.

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Dale Cregan, front left, and the nine men accused with him sit in the dock flanked by security officers
Dale Cregan, front left, and the nine men accused with him sit in the dock flanked by security officers

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The jury is sent home for the day after prosecutor Nicholas Clarke QC says he is not able to present more evidence today

The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, notes sarcastically that the jury are struggling to conceal their disappointment.

He tells the jury they will not be required on Tuesday as there are legal matters which the barristers must address in their absence, adding further they may not even be required on Wednesday.

The jury is sent home and the trial adjourned until Wednesday at the earliest.


Mohammed Imran Ali, said to be known to his friends as Irish Immie, knew full well that Dale Cregan, Anthony Wilkinson and Jermaine Ward had murdered David Short, according to the Crown.
He ensured they were able to evade the police and leave the Manchester area and he supplied them with essentials that they needed to maintain themselves, according to the prosecution.


The Garmin sat nav device then heads south and is back at Gainsborough Avenue in Oldham at 11.59pm.

The following day the device remains switched off, as it does on August 12,13 and 14, says Mr Lang.

However, he refers to a mobile phone which the Crown say is attributed to Mr Ali, telling the court, using cell-site analysis, it is plotted heading from near his home address to Bradford and Leeds city centre on August 11, the day after the gun-and-grenade attack in which Mr Short was killed.

The sat nav device is turned on again in August 15 when it is plotted again heading towards Bradford and then to Leeds around noon, the court is told.

During this journey into Yorkshire the device is plotted at the White Rose pub and at a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant in Leeds and at the Silver Birch Carvery south of Bradford, the jurors are told.


At 7.15pm the sat nav system leaves the motorway and turns up the A640 where the device is switched off, the court is told.It is switched on again at 8.06pm when it is plotted just south of Bradford, says Mr Lang.

Then the device appears to turn round and heads back towards Manchester, returning to Gainsborough Avenue in Oldham, according to the witness.

At 8.40pm the sat nav system is on the move again and heads north and arrives at the Waggon and Horses pub in the village of Hawkshaw, north of Bury and Bolton, the court is told.

It remains there for two hours and 35 minutes, says Mr Lang.


The sat nav device was plotted at Gainsborough Avenue in the early evening of August 10, the jury was told.

Later it moved to Press To Impress on Lord Lane in Failsworth.The Crown say this was where Mr Ali picked up the men accused of murdering David Short before taking them to Bradford.

The device arrived at the premises at 6.32pm, remained there for four minutes and then moved off heading north west, the jurors heard.

It was at nearby Mona Road for a few minutes before heading off towards the M62 and then towards Yorkshire, the court heard.



Mr Lang started his evidence by explaining his area of expertise was examining sat nav systems or anything with a microchip in it.

He told the jury he found 207 recoverable journey entries which plotted 59, 956 points on a map during his examination of the sat nav system associated with Mr Ali.


The jury is now hearing evidence from Simon Lang, an expert in examining satellite navigation systems.

He was asked to examine a Garmin sat nav system associated with the defendant Mohammed Imran Ali.

Mr Ali is said to have transported Dale Cregan, Anthony Wilkinson and Jermaine Ward from Failsowrth to Bradford in his VW Passat after the murder of David Short.

Mr Ali, 23, from Chadderton, denies one charge of assisting an offender.


The judge, Mr Justice Holroyde, starts by addressing one juror who has sent a note to him asking about a reference on one of the documents they have received which suggested a Mr Webb was a defendant.

The judge makes it clear this was an error. Mr Webb was named earlier in the trial as a man who hired the Salford Van Hire van used in the murder of David Short.

The judge reminds all jurors they must try the defendants before them in the dock and must not speculate about other people named during the case.


The wigs are gathering in court one. The jury is due shortly for day 23 of the trial.

As it happened: Dale Cregan trial – day 23 – Manchester Evening News.