90 years: ‘White kids with West Indian accents’ murdered Leeds dad while son slept

Cyrus Hanley.
Cyrus Hanley.
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FOUR gang members who blasted a dad to death in his own home as his four-year-old son slept in the next room have been given minimum jail terms totalling 90 years.

Cyrus Hanley, Colin Webster, Luke Toner and Jake Looby were today described as immure and cowardly by a judge for murdering 21-year-old Jordan Stapleton.

The killers - who called themselves the S Gang - carried out the shotgun execution as they believed Jordan was a police informant who had “snitched” on Hanley for dealing drugs.

As he imposed life sentences on all four men, Mr Justice Coulson told them: “There can be no doubt that all four of you are immature - almost painfully so.

“You three - Looby, Toner and Webster - you are white kids trying to talk with a West Indian accent.

“You Cyrus Hanley are a smirking fantasist. You all believe you are gangsters.

“You are only gangsters in your empty heads. Shooting a man in his bathroom - four against one - doesn’t make you ganster. It makes you a coward.”

Jordan was shot in the chest at his home on Beckhill Chase, Meanwood, on April 16 this year as he was at home with his son.

Police described how the four men, who had been involved in dealing drugs in the city, left a trail of amateurish clues after the shooting which linked them to the killing.

Looby made a 999 call to the police shortly afterwards in which he tried to disguise his voice and refused to give his name.

All four men were convicted of murder after a six-week trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Hanley and Webster, who are both aged 19, were told they must serve a minimum of 24 years in jail before they can be considered for release. Toner, aged 20, must serve a minimum of 22 years and Looby, aged 19, must serve at least 20.