Monday 18 December 2017

Father says jailed police killer deserves death sentence

PC Nicole Hughes
PC Nicole Hughes
PC Fiona Bone
Self-confessed police murderer Dale Cregan

Gordon Rayner

The father of a policewoman shot dead by Dale Cregan said the multiple murderer should be hanged, as a judge sent him to prison for the rest of his life.

One-eyed killer Cregan (30) was told he would die in jail after admitting the murders of policewomen Nicola Hughes (23) and Fiona Bone (32), whom he lured into a trap before shooting them both dead last September.

Cregan also admitted killing David Short (46) and his son Mark Short (23) and the attempted murders of three others as part of a long-running feud.

Mr Bone's father Paul Bone said capital punishment would be "a good idea" in certain circumstances "and this is possibly one of them".

He suggested keeping people like Cregan alive in jail was a waste of taxpayers' money, as: "When they are cutting back on everything else, prisoners costing thousands to keep in jail, 30 to 40 years, it's an awful long time."

Meanwhile, Greater Manchester Police faced questions over whether they could have done more to stop Cregan's killing spree.

Cregan was arrested for Mark Short's murder but released on bail and went on to murder David Short and the two constables, hoping to achieve "folk hero" status among the criminal underworld, according to the victims' boss. At Preston Crown Court yesterday Mr Justice Holroyde said Cregan had "acted with pre-meditated savagery" in the "quite appalling" murders, the first time two female police officers had been murdered in a single incident.

He added: "You, Cregan, drew those two officers into a calculated trap for the sole purpose of murdering them."

The judge said he had no doubt Cregan knew unarmed officers would answer a bogus 999 call he made and opened fire before his victims could defend themselves, "determined to end their lives".

Cregan, who has 17 previous convictions, including several for assault, smiled and shook hands with some of his nine co-defendants after four of them were cleared.

Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, said: "We know there was a conspiracy (by) a number of people to protect Cregan and there is a separate investigation into that and we're absolutely determined to get every single person involved in that convicted." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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