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A Pub Execution Leads To The Hit Men Being Killed Themselves

By Michelle Duffy     May 8, 2007 in Crime
A man and a women have both been jailed for life after they hired two hit men to storm into a packed pub
Ian McLeod, 42 who received 21 years, and Constance Howarth, 38 who received 20 years, organised a pair of hit men to blast their way into a crowded pub full of football fans watching a match in Greater Manchester. The Brass Handles pub in Salford witnessed the raid by Carlton Alveranga, 20, and Richard Austin, 19, in March 2006. Their targets that afternoon, got away as the whole plan went seriously wrong.
The man and the woman were found guilty of conspiracy to murder by Preston Crown Court last month.
The hired young men ordered to go and kill ran into the busy pub at quarter past two in the afternoon during a game between Manchester United and Newcastle on the 12 March, just over a year ago.
One of their targets, David Totton was shot and another man, who was not a target was accidentally shot as the gunmen opened fire before the gun was retrieved by a group of young men already in the pub and successfully disarmed. Both were shot in the chest and died at the scene.
The two other men who were shot survived.
Detective Superintendent Andy Tattersall who attended the scene and also lead the following investigation said,
"This was a premeditated attempt at cold-blooded murder in a pub packed with families and children on a Sunday afternoon. But their plan was to go disastrously wrong with two young men being shot dead with one of the weapons that they themselves had taken into the pub."
There was a third man, who police think was involved in the shooting that afternoon. Bobby Spiers, 39 may hold missing clues to the incident that shook the family pub that day. It appears that he may have fled to Spain after the killings.
It is still not known who exactly shot the two young hit men. Even so, families of the two boys are still grieving. Calton's mother said,
"My son is no hit man, he never ran with no gangs. He was a typical boy [who] got into trouble but he was a perfect son and will be missed."
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