Dale Cregan Life

June 14, 2013 by  

Dale Cregan Life, 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.

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”.

The ambush of the two officers was the culmination of a crime spree which began with Cregan 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.

A cache of weapons, including grenades, recovered after Cregan’s arrest
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.

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.

PC Hughes’ father Bryn said the pair left behind a “legacy of pride and sacrifice”.

A statement was read outside court on behalf of PC Hughes’ mother Sue, stepfather Mike, brother Sam and boyfriend Gareth.

It said: “She embraced everything she did throughout her life with total commitment and enthusiasm.

Cregan had already admitted murdering Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
“She touched the hearts of everyone she came into contact with and who were part of her life.”

The judge told Cregan he had seen no hint of real remorse, or compassion for the victims.

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.”

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