Prison for shotgun courier
ACOURIER for a shotgun used by drug dealers in a turf war shooting has been jailed for 16 months.
Daniel Galloway, 25, was the getaway driver for the murdered Zain Sailsman after the 19-year-old fired the gun at a home on Parkgate Road, on the Moss estate, on October 8, last year.
Three weeks later Charlie Beadell and Ricky Jervis, who orchestrated the shooting, lured Zain to a remote part of the town and killed him as a punishment for stealing and selling the shotgun.
Galloway, 25, from Mac- clesfield, pleaded guilty to possession of a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence at Chester Crown Court on March 12.
His sentencing on Monday had been delayed until after the murder trial had concluded.
During the murder trial, which ran from June 4 to July 21, Galloway told the court he came from a ‘privileged background’ but would steal from his family to fund his £200-aday crack cocaine habit.
He said he would get his drugs from Zain and Beadell and would sometimes help them as a cou- rier. Galloway said he was at a meeting with Zain, Beadell and Jervis on October 8 last year to plan a shotgun attack to scare Jake Powell, a rival dealer.
He told the court that he took part in a reconnaissance mission to Parkgate Road to locate the target and then collected the shotgun from Congleton.
Galloway said he witnessed the gun being loaded at a flat on Daintry Street and drove Beadell and Zain to Parkgate Road where they fired it twice at a house.
Galloway said he drove to Bullocks Lane, Sutton, where the gun was stashed and then tried to distance himself from the shooting. He told the court that after Zain was murdered he continued taking drugs but eventually broke down in front of his mum and asked for help.
Galloway said he was booked into a rehab clinic and eventually spoke to the police.
Jervis and Beadell admitted the firearms offence on the first day of the murder trial. Both have now been jailed for a minimum of 27 years after being found guilty of the murder of Zain Sailsman.