Killer Paul Devalda's girlfriend admits assisting an offender

Paul Brady
Image caption Paul Brady led a double life as a site manager and drug dealer

The girlfriend of a man jailed for life for the murder of a drug dealer has admitted helping him evade capture.

Paul Brady, 44, of Rochdale, was lured to a housing site in Weir, Lancashire, in August 2009 and bundled into a van. His remains were never found.

Career criminal Paul Devalda, 35, of Burnley, was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of kidnap and murder.

His partner Stacia Crossley has now pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to assisting an offender.

The 28-year-old, of Padiham Road, Burnley, originally faced trial alongside Devalda - but the jury failed to reach a verdict.

Lancashire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) applied for a retrial and she admitted the new charge on Tuesday.

Double life

She will be sentenced alongside another man convicted of helping Devalda, Heath Bowling, on a date to be fixed.

Bowling, 38, of High Lane, Stockport, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Mr Brady - a drug dealer who led a double life as a site manager - had taken a delivery of £350,000 of cocaine a few days before he was lured to a property in Bacup.

When he arrived, a masked gang of 10 to 15 men armed with metal bars, baseball bats and a shotgun attacked him and bundled him into a van. He was not seen again.

The police and Mr Brady's family are continuing to appeal for anyone who might know where his body is to come forward.

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