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Fugitive jailed for life for shooting father dead

James Tomkins
Image caption James Tomkins was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years

A fugitive who killed a young father in front of his children has been jailed for life.

James Tomkins, 61, lived in exile under an assumed identity on the Costa del Sol in Spain after the "brutal execution" of 24-year-old Rocky Dawson.

Mr Dawson was shot several times in the back as he put the children in his car, in Hornchurch, east London, in 2006.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 33 years at Woolwich Crown Court.

The children, aged two and six, were unharmed during the incident.

After several years on the run, Tomkins, who was named as one of Britain's 10 most wanted criminals in 2008, was traced near Marbella and extradited.

His accomplice Christopher Pearman, of Waltham Abbey, Essex, received a life sentence for the murder at the same court in 2007.

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