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Life for fan who organised murder
Thursday, May 21, 2009
A security firm boss who organised a gangland assassination from an executive box at Manchester United has been jailed for life.
Bobby Speirs, 41, sat at Old Trafford while "pulling the strings" from afar to murder a rival at a pub two miles away in Salford.
Mr Justice Griffith Williams sentenced him at Manchester Crown Court to serve a minimum term of 23 years in jail.
Drinkers watching the same Sunday-afternoon televised game on March 12, 2006, fled in terror as his hired hitmen, Carlton Alveranga, 20, and Richard Austin, 19, burst in, masked and brandishing handguns, just before the half-time whistle blew.
Their target, David Totton, who was drinking at a table, was blasted and another man, Aaron Travers, was also hit as Austin pulled the trigger six times, Manchester Crown Court heard.
But Alveranga's 9mm handgun jammed - with fatal consequences. They were jumped on by drinkers and disarmed. A known Moss Side gangster in the pub at the time is suspected of then shooting the assassins with their own weapons, before they staggered outside and were beaten as they lay dying.
Totton and Travers were severely injured but survived. They refused to co-operate with the police inquiry. It is believed the planned executions were arranged due to a loss of "face" suffered by Speirs after a petty dispute between him and Totton over admission to a Manchester nightclub.
Police believe Speirs recruited Ian McLeod, a boss of the notorious south Manchester Doddington Gang, who provided the "manpower" - Alveranga and Austin - whose deaths were simply "collateral damage", the jury was told.
Speirs fled to Spain within days of the shooting on March 12, 2006. He was extradited back to the UK in August last year.