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Woods gun killer Anthony Pyke jailed for 32 years

Anthony Micah Pyke Image copyright West Yorkshire Police
Image caption Anthony Micah Pyke shot Colin Pierre in woods in north Leeds

A drug dealer who shot a man in "cold blood" and left him to die in the woods has been jailed for 32 years.

The body of Colin Pierre, 31, was discovered on 11 March near the junction of Gledhow Valley Road, Leeds.

Anthony Pyke, 32, of Garden Terrace, Meanwood, was found guilty of murder and two counts of kidnap following a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He was sentenced earlier to life in prison and must serve a minimum of 32 years.

Trevor Isles, 49, of Highfield Green, Pudsey, and Ian Dennis Wilson, 37, of the same address, were found not guilty on the same charges.

The body of Mr Pierre, also known as Craig, was found in a stream in the north of the city by schoolchildren.

Post-mortem tests showed the father of one had been shot.

'Twisted'

Det Ch Insp Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Police, said: "Craig was shot in cold blood and left to die alone in the woods in an appalling act of violence that shows Pyke to be someone who is utterly devoid of humanity.

"Craig's death was completely unnecessary. He presented no threat to Pyke who had no reason to kill him other than out of some twisted sense of his status as a drug dealer who needed to show he wasn't to be crossed."

Pyke went on the run but was finally captured at an address in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

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Image caption Colin Pierre was also known as Craig

In a statement, Mr Pierre's family said they were "devastated" by their loss.

It said: "Craig was an innocent victim who did nothing to deserve what happened to him. He was not a part of the criminal world, like the person responsible for taking his life, and he wasn't in that circle.

"He was a hard-working man who was dearly loved by his family and absolutely adored his six-year-old daughter."

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