Coventry & Warwickshire

Jordon Banton murder: Two men jailed for Rugby shooting

Darrell Akins and Paul Clarke Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption Darrell Akins (l) and Paul Clarke (r), both from Rugby, denied murder but were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court.

Two men have received life sentences after a 23-year-old was shot dead in a country lane in Warwickshire.

Jordon Banton, from Rugby, was found in a car near the village of Newton on 25 July. He had suffered a single shotgun wound in the head.

Image copyright Warwickshire Police
Image caption Jordan Banton sustained a single shotgun wound to the head

Paul Clarke, 35, of Bluebell Close, and Darrell Akins, 28, of Follager Road, both in Rugby, denied murder but were found guilty at Warwick Crown Court.

They will serve a minimum of 25 and 30 years respectively.

The trial heard there had been a dispute between Akins and Mr Banton and the two attackers had driven to meet the victim to resolve it, Warwickshire Police said.

The force said one of the attackers fired two shots at Mr Banton's car.

The car swerved across the road and ended up in a ditch before a further shot was fired at close range, a spokesman said.

Det Ch Insp Pete Hill said this had been a "difficult" case requiring "painstaking detective work".

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