Birmingham & Black Country

Danny McCalla shooting: Life sentence for killer

Danny Dannyman McCalla
Image caption Danny McCalla died after being shot six times inside the Tropical Harmony nightclub

A man has been given a life sentence for the murder of a father-of-three in a nightclub in Wolverhampton.

Vincent Ashman shot Danny "Dannyman" McCalla six times at Tropical Harmony nightclub in Bilston in November 2009.

Ashman, 38, who was known by the nickname Chopper, fled to Jamaica after the shooting but was extradited to the UK in July.

Birmingham Crown Court recommended that he serve at least 28 years in jail.

The court heard how, on the night of the killing, the two men were arguing on the dance floor of the club when shots were fired.

Mr McCalla, 50, was pronounced dead in hospital an hour later.

A forensic examination found that the gun had been fired seven times and that six bullets had hit him.

'Intent on killing'

Ashman never disputed being in the club on the night of the murder but always denied being the person who carried out the shooting.

Image caption Ashman was extradited from Jamaica in July 2012

During the trial the jury was shown a CCTV image of Ashman holding the murder weapon, which he claimed was actually a mobile phone.

Supt Mark Payne said this was "a horrendous case" but was not "a gang related murder".

"This was a dispute between two men that ended in cold-blooded murder," he said.

The police said the investigation had been "complex and lengthy" and that the force's thoughts were now with Mr McCalla's family.

Following the murder the premises licence for the Tropical Harmony nightclub was revoked and the venue closed down.

No appeal was made and the club has been closed ever since.

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