Policewomen-killer jailed for life

2013-06-13 22:07

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London - A British man who killed two unarmed policewomen in a brutal gun and grenade attack was given a whole life jail sentence on Thursday for murder "in cold blood".

One-eyed Dale Cregan, 30, was on the run after killing a father and son when he lured Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, to a house in Greater Manchester, northwest England, with a bogus emergency call last September.

After opening the front door as the policewomen walked up the garden path, he shot both eight times and left a military grenade as a "calling card" where they lay.

He then handed himself in at a nearby police station, saying: "You were hounding my family so I took it out on you."

Cregan went on the run in August last year after killing David Short, 46, and his son Mark, 23, in a nearby pub.

Sentencing him, judge Timothy Holroyde said Cregan "drew those two officers into a calculated trap for the sole purpose of murdering them in cold blood".

During his high-security trial, he admitted murdering four people and attempting to murder three others.

But jurors at Preston Crown Court found him not guilty of one count of attempted murder involving a grenade attack on another woman, Sharon Hark.

Cregan was a drug dealer who was well known to police. Prosecutors said Cregan was ordered to kill the Shorts by another family.

Murders of police officers are extremely rare in Britain.

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