Gun Couriers Jailed After Mother And Son Shot In Salford
5th July 2016
Two men who were couriers for a gun used to shoot a mother and her seven-year-old son on their doorstep have been jailed at Manchester Crown Court.
Jayne Hickey and son Christian were shot when two men knocked at a front door in Winton, Salford in October.
The gun was linked to nine shootings in Liverpool between 2011 and 2014.
Aldair Warmington, 29, and Christopher Hall, 46, were jailed for six and five years after admitting firearms offences at Manchester Crown Court.
No-one has been charged over the case, which was linked to a spate of gang shootings after the city's "Mr Big" Paul Massey was shot dead, last July.
Christian who had surgery to remove a bullet in his leg wrote a letter to Santa in November asking him to "help the police catch the people who hurt me".
During the hearing earlier Warmington, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm as well as a lock knife, for which he also received a three-month concurrent sentence.
Hall, of Oldwells Close, Little Hulton, who admitted the same firearms charges, was caught with a Heckler and Koch 9mm self-loading pistol and a Baikal 9mm self-loading pistol, equipped with a silencer, when he was stopped by police in a taxi in Mobberley, Cheshire.
The court heard the weapons were not loaded, but in working order when they were moved from an unknown location at the request of an organised criminal gang.
The court heard Warmington co-ordinated Hall's taxi journey by mobile phone as he travelled from his home to Mobberley in a separate taxi.
Sentencing, Judge Richard Mansell QC told the pair: "It must have been apparent to you that they were being moved between organised criminals and both acting as you did have played an integral part in ensuring these firearms stayed in circulation."