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  1. A former American Marine has been jailed for life after being found guilty of shooting dead a police officer in Leeds.

    Mr Justice Moses said that David Bieber, 38, should spend the rest of his life in jail.

    The jury at Newcastle Crown Court agreed unanimously that Bieber killed PC Ian Broadhurst with a 9mm handgun on Boxing Day last year.

    Bieber, of Springwood Road, Leeds, was also found guilty of two counts of attempting to murder PC Neil Roper, 45, and PC James Banks, 27, whose radio was hit by a bullet on December 26, 2003.

    He was given two separate life sentences for the attempted murders, and eight years for firearms offences.

    The officers were shot after they stopped a suspected stolen vehicle driven by Bieber.

    The jury was not told Bieber is a steroid abuser who is wanted in the US for involvement in a murder plot.

    Police said he was a drug dealer in the US who fled to the UK from Florida, where he is wanted by police over a plot to hire a hitman to kill a love rival.

    He is also suspected of hiring the same gunman to murder his former girlfriend, but the attempt on her life failed.

    During the 11-day trial he claimed the gunman who killed PC Broadhurst was a friend - dubbed "Mr X" by the prosecution.

    He refused to name the man, claiming he was a loyal friend and he could not "grass" on him or "stab him in the back.

    After the verdict, a statement issued by PC Broadhurst's family, including his wife Eilisa, said they will always be haunted by his murder. "Ian was a loving husband, a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend," it said.

    "Not a second will pass when he is not in our thoughts. He lived for his job and he paid tragically with his life.

    "What happened is beyond belief and will haunt us forever. However, we feel that at last justice has been done.

    "Ian did not die in vain. He died doing the job he loved and serving the people of Leeds."

    Senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Gregg, said the investigation into the "enigma" that is David Bieber would continue.

    "We still don't know why he was in that area of Leeds with a loaded pistol - one bullet in the breach ready to fire - on that Boxing Day evening," he said.

    "He could have been about to do anything. Our investigations into this man are still far from over."
  2. For once this means life too. Not the 25 years and out after 15. Good news.
  3. I hope as we speck his new cell mate big Dave is welcoming him by alternately beating and raping him death is to good for scum like him.
  4. In a cut & dried case like this, the perpetrator should get the rope.
    Why should we pay to feed, house & constrain this POS?
  5. I was interested to hear that apparently the judge has sentenced him for 'the rest of his life.'

    Will this actually mean until he comes out in a box or will some bleeding heart lawyer take his case up and get it reduced to 'life' which usually means 10 to 12 years.

    Any bets? :evil:
  6. I can't help feeling there is more to this individual than has been released for public consumption.
  7. Unless there's an appeal he is in till he dies, no questions. Apparently he is to be one of abvout 25 people who are in for proper life.

    PTP, there's a lot more coming out about him in the papers now. Apparently if he had been caught in the states before legging it over here he would have been on death row for having his wife murdered.
  8. He also had a pal in the states whacked, partly because he was shagging his wife and partly because they fell out over his steroid-dealing business.
  9. Let me know when they get to the bit about just why this guy was able to so effectively change his appearance, identity and and background Kermit.

    Where's me tinfoil chapeau :D
  10. You don't have to be ex-CIA to get a cheap bottle of hair dye down Boots and take your glasses off. We've all seen the Bourne Identity! And with all respect, it was hardly 'effective' - A B&B manager had him spotted no problem. False id? No dramas if you are drug dealer who has contacts with hit men and a million dollar bakery business that you've just sold off. Money talks as they say.