Zain killer bids to clear his name

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ONE of the men con­victed of the mur­der of Zain Sails­man has launched a bid to clear his name.

Zain, 19, was found crit­i­cally ill on Bul­locks Lane, Sut­ton, on Oc­to­ber 30, 2013, be­fore dy­ing in hos­pi­tal.

Ricky Jervis, 23, and an­other man, who can­not be named for legal rea­sons, were found guilty of the teenager’s mur­der at Ch­ester Crown Court in July last year.

He was told he would serve a min­i­mum of 27 years in pri­son. But Jervis is now try­ing to over­turn the con­vic­tion.

He has al­ready had one ap­pli­ca­tion for leave to ap­peal re­fused by a judge in the High Court on Fe­bru­ary 9 this year. But a sec­ond and fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion will now be de­cided on by three judges in the High Court later this year.

Dur­ing the trial the court was told that Zain’s death started with a turf war shoot­ing on a house on Park­gate Road on Oc­to­ber 8 and ended in Zain’s bru­tal mur­der and his killers’ sub­se­quent bid to avoid jus­tice.

The court heard Jervis and the other killer lured Zain to the site where he was stabbed with a 12cm knife as a pun­ish­ment be­cause they be­lieved he had stolen and sold a shot­gun used in the shoot­ing.

Jervis, of Dale Cres­cent in Con­gle­ton, and the other man had ad­mit­ted firearms of­fences for their roles in or­gan­is­ing the shoot­ing but de­nied killing Zain.

Jervis claimed that they went to Sut­ton with Zain to find the miss­ing gun and that the other man stabbed Zain with­out warn­ing af­ter a row.

But the jury were sat­is­fied that Jervis acted with the com­mon pur­pose – joint en­ter­prise – to in­jure or mur­der Zain and knew of the pres­ence of the knife.

Ju­lia Howard, 36, for­merly of Shaw Street, Mac- cles­field, was cleared of mur­der and man­slaugh­ter but was con­victed of as­sist­ing an of­fender for her role driv­ing Jervis and the other man away from the scene of the stabbing hav­ing known what had just taken place.

She was also found guilty of per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice for driv­ing the other man from Macclesfield to Stock­port so he could lie low, delet­ing mes­sages from her mo­bile phone and mov­ing her SIM card into an­other mo­bile phone.

She was sen­tenced to three years in pri­son.

●● Ricky Jervis was one of two men found guilty of mur­der­ing Zain Sails­man, pic­tured left

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