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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.

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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.

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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 trial: One-eyed defendant’s phone sited in Droylsden shortly after Cotton Tree murder of Mark Short

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TRIAL: Dale Cregan, 29

Dale Cregan’s mobile phone records show him to have been in Droylsden less than two hours after Mark Short was gunned down at the Cotton Tree pub, Preston Crown Court was told today.

Cell-site analysis showed Cregan’s phone travelled from Mottram, where Cregan later murdered PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, to Droylsden between 1.47am and 5.03am on May 26, hours after Mr Short’s death.

Matthew James, who – along with Ryan Hadfield – the Crown allege acted as a ‘spotter’ for Mr Short’s killers, was cell-sited in the area of the Cotton Tree between 2.55pm and 9.33pm.

Nicholas Clarke QC, for the prosecution, made it plain that cell-site analysis proves the locations of the phones, but not conclusively that of the individuals.

Cregan, 29, of no fixed address, is charged with the murder of Mr Short, along with James, 22, from Clayton, Luke Livesey, 27, from Hattersley, Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, Damian Gorman, 38, from Glossop, and Leon Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne.

All six co-accused are pleading not guilty to the charge of murdering Mark Short, as well as the attempted murder of John Collins, Ryan Pridding and Michael Belcher.

The jury heard there was no activity on Cregan’s phone, as well as co-defendants Gorman’s and Livesey’s, around the time of Mr Short’s death.

Mr Short was shot dead just before midnight on May 25, and all three men’s phones were inactive between 11.10pm and 1.25am on May 26.

The phones had been in regular contact with each other, mutual friends and the other three men accused of the murder throughout the day.

Darren Geener (sic) Daren Greener – SYTECH, Systems Technology Consultants Ltd, a forensic communications consultant, presented the court with a detailed cell-site analysis of the phones registered to all six men accused of killing Mr Short.

Cregan, Livesey and Gorman were all cell-sited as having been in the vicinity of the Organ pub in Stalybridge during the afternoon of May 25.

Cregan’s phone received a call from James’ while at The Organ pub during the afternoon. James’s phone made another call to Cregan’s, again from the Cotton Tree area, at 9.53pm, before his phone was tracked as moving towards his home in Clayton.

James deactivated his phone the day after Mr Short’s murder and procured a new one on May 28, the jury were told.

A taxi driver told the court earlier in the week that he took three men from The Organ to Droylsden, picking up a fourth man from the New Inn, Hollingworth, which cell-site analysis suggests was Hadfield as he received a call there at 10.17pm.

Mr Geener told the court the movement of Gorman’s and Livesey’s phones were indicative of them having taken this journey.

However, analysis showed Cregan’s phone did not make this journey, according to Mr Geener, and instead travelled back to Hollingworth. However he pointed out that this does not prove Cregan did not make the journey, only that his phone, which was used throughout the day, did not.

Atkinson, who the Crown allege arranged the hit on Mr Short, had his phone cell-sited as travelling between his Squires Lane home to Prestatyn in North Wales between 6.12pm and 10.21pm on May 25.

The Crown are accusing him of going to Prestatyn to give himself an alibi for Mr Short’s death and his phone was in regular contact with his co-defendants’ during the day.

The first witness of the day, Elaine Robinson, a phone call data analyst for Greater Manchester Police, told the court Atkinson’s phone had been in contact with his mother Theresa’s on May 13.

Raymond Young, a member of the Short family, hit Mrs Atkinson in the Cotton Tree on May 13 after an argument, which she reacted to by saying the Shorts were ‘all dead’, the court was told last week by Mr Short’s mother Michelle Kelly.

Phone records showed Mrs Atkinson to have rung her sons Leon, Frankie Jnr and Jordan soon after this alleged incident.

The following morning, Atkinson’s phone called Cregan’s, and Cregan seems to have quickly contacted the phones of Livesey, James and Gorman, who was in Spain at the time.

Atkinson’s phone was then contacted by a phone belonging to Mr Young – with the call lasting over seven minutes – before the phones of Atkinson and Cregan came into contact again.

Cregan is also charged with the murder of Mr Short’s father, David, in a gun and grenade attack, alongside Francis Dixon, 37, from Stalybridge, Anthony Wilkinson, 38, from Manchester, and Jermaine Ward, 24.

All four are charged with the attempted murder of Sharon Hark on the same day, August 11, and a single charge of causing an explosion.

Cregan has already pleaded guilty to the murders of PC Bone, 32 and PC Hughes, 23, on September 18.

The trial continues.

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