Zain killer bids to clear his name
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