Nicholas Lumley QC and Chloe Hudson have successfully prosecuted James Sutcliffe, who shot another man in the head in a shipping container in Denholme, Bradford. The trial lasted for three weeks at Bradford Crown Court before Mr Justice Lavender.
Having shot the deceased, the Defendant then dumped his body in a bog on Oxenhope Moor where it lay undiscovered for a period of 5 weeks.
West Yorkshire Police secretly recorded the Defendant and his family, the first time evidence obtained by covert recordings from so many different sources had been used in one case. The body was only discovered when the Defendant and his parents discussed the location of the body and their plans for its removal.
Parents Kevin and Janet Sutcliffe were also found guilty along with their son of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice for their part in plotting to move and dispose of the deceased.
Mr Justice Lavender sentenced James Sutcliffe to 31 years’ imprisonment, both of his parents received two years’ imprisonment.
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