Northern Ireland

Jamie Alexander Smith, 34, and Peter Greer jailed for life for murder

Two men have been jailed for life for the murder of one man and the attempted murder of another.

Jamie Alexander Smith, 34, and Peter Greer, 37, were convicted of the murder of Douglas Morrison and attempted murder of Stephen Norman Ritchie.

The victims were shot with a sawn-off shotgun and a 9mm pistol, in a flat in Bangor, County Down, on May 13, 2011.

The judge said he would decide later how long they would serve before being considered for release.

Although the actual gunmen were never identified, and no motive uncovered, Greer and Smith were captured on CCTV making a "dry run" the day before the fatal shooting in Greer's VW Golf, and also later seen travelling in convoy with a stolen Honda Civic.

On the morning of the shooting they were also seen on the surveillance cameras driving to Newtownards.

Smith was later arrested in the VW Golf driving back into Belfast and the key to the Honda was found under the driving seat.

Smith said he had just borrowed the Golf, from a friend he knew only as "Pete".

Greer, who handed himself over to police about three weeks after the shooting, said only that he had lent the car to someone, and that he had nothing to do with the murder.

The stolen Honda, taken in a creeper burglary in west Belfast two months earlier, was used as the gunmen's getaway car, which was abandoned and found burning in the grounds of the Somme Heritage Centre, between Bangor and Newtownards, a short time after the double shooting