Mur­derer fails in bid for free­dom

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ADRUG dealer jailed for life for mur­der­ing a teenager in wood­land near Mac­cles­field has lost an Ap­peal Court bid for free­dom.

Ricky Jervis, 24, of Dale Cres­cent, Con­gle­ton, was or­dered to serve a min­i­mum 27 years be­hind bars at Ch­ester Crown Court on July 22 last year.

He was con­victed of mur­der­ing Mac­cles­field 19-year-old Zain Sails­man, and ad­mit­ted possessing a shot­gun with in­tent.

Char­lie Bead­ell, 23, of Buck­fast Close, Mac­cles­field, was also found guilty of mur­der and given the same sen­tence.

Jervis, Bead­ell and their vic­tim were all in­volved in the sup­ply of Class A drugs, Lord Jus­tice Treacy told Lon­don’s Ap­peal Court yes­ter­day.

He added that ‘violence was used by the drug deal­ers to en­force dis­ci­pline’ in their ranks.

Mr Sails­man owed money to Bead­ell and had, with­out per­mis­sion, sold a shot­gun which Jervis had pro­vided to him, the hear­ing was told.

On Oc­to­ber 30 2013, Jervis ne­go­ti­ated a meet­ing with the vic­tim, re­as­sur­ing him he would be safe.

But that was just a ‘lure’, said the judge.

Driven by Bead­ell’s girl- friend, Ju­lia Howard, the two men col­lected Mr Sails­man and took him to some woods in Bul­locks Lane, Mac­cles­field, where he said the shot­gun was hid­den.

Once there, he was stabbed once in the back by Bead­ell with a 10 cen­time­tre blade. Howard, who had been wait­ing out­side the woods, took Jervis back to Con­gle­ton and trans­ported her boyfriend away from the Mac­cles­field area.

She also deleted in­for­ma­tion from her mo­bile phone, in­tend­ing to de­stroy po­ten­tial ev­i­dence against Bead­ell, the court was told.

The pros­e­cu­tion case at the trial was that Jervis, Bead­ell and Howard shared an in­ten­tion to in­flict griev­ous bod­ily harm upon Mr Sails­man to ‘pun­ish him for the fail- ure to re­turn the shot­gun’.

Jervis was ‘un­der some pres­sure’ be­cause the weapon had gone miss­ing and knew Bead­ell had a knife and might use it, pros­e­cu­tors said.

But he de­nied in­volve­ment in the mur­der and claimed the sole pur­pose of vis­it­ing the woods was to re­cover the shot­gun.

Howard, 37, for­merly of Shaw Street, Mac­cles­field, was found not guilty of mur­der but con­victed of as­sist­ing an of­fender and per­vert­ing the course of jus­tice and jailed for three years.

At the ap­peal, Jervis claimed his mur­der con­vic­tion was ‘un­safe’ be­cause it was in­con­sis­tent with the not guilty ver­dict in Howard’s case.

But Lord Jus­tice Treacy said: “We don’t think there is any sub­stance in this ground.”

Judge – ‘We do not think there is any sub­stance’

●● Ricky Jervis was found guilty of mur­der­ing Zain Sails­man in woods in Mac­cles­field

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