Jason Osu killers jailed for life over 'brutal' shooting

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Image caption Jason Osu was a currency trader and held a pilot's licence

Three men have been given life sentences for the "brutal" murder of a man gunned down as he parked at his house in Liverpool.

Jason Osu, 31, was shot seven times in November 2012 in Beauclair Drive, Wavertree, and died seven days later.

Paul Croxton, 21, of no fixed address, George McGovern, 54, and Thomas White, 29, both from Sefton, had pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

Police said currency trader Mr Osu was the victim of a "targeted attack".

The judge sentenced Croxton to serve a minimum of 30 years, White a minimum of 32 years and gave McGovern a sentence to ensure he is released by his 80th birthday.

Croxton was also jailed for sixteen years, to be served concurrently, for the attempted murder of Darren Alcock on 4 April 2013.

'Ruthless efficiency'

The court heard Croxton had fired multiple shots at Mr Alcock, who was a friend of Mr Osu, during a bungled ambush at his house.

He was also given an eight-year sentence, also to be served concurrently, for conspiracy to possess firearms after a series of shootings in Maghull between 13 and 27 March last year.

The court ruled that a charge against McGovern for the same offence should lie on file.

Det Supt Mike Shaw said it was one of the most "complex and challenging cases" his team had been involved in.

He said: "Jason Osu was shot and fatally injured on the driveway of his own home in a manner that afforded him no opportunity to protect or defend himself. This was a despicable and cowardly attack, his murder was well planned and was carried out with ruthless efficiency."

"Only these men know why they carried out this murder and their actions have demonstrated how dangerous they are", he added.

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