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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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