TWO brothers who behaved like “underworld gangsters” have been jailed for a total of 20 years after one of them plotted to kill the husband of a woman with whom he had shared a one-night stand.
Loan shark Darren Wilson, 46, of Appin Close, Hull, was sentenced to four years for conspiring to kill Andrew Burr, 37.
He was jailed for a further eight years for conspiracy to commit arson and received a concurrent four-year sentence for cultivating cannabis, the latter of which he admitted.
His brother Dean Armstrong, 40, was jailed for seven years after admitting his role in the arson plot in which a house in Grove Street, Hull, was petrol-bombed twice.
Armstrong, of Duesbury Court, Hull, was also sentenced to a further year after admitting cultivating cannabis.
They were among five defendants sentenced at Hull Crown Court yesterday, after the brothers had operated what police described as a “crime family”.
The enterprise was brought down after police responded to a “genuine threat to life” in which Mikhail Ward was going to be paid £10,000 by Wilson to murder Mr Burr.
Ward, 42, also of Duesbury Court, admitted his part in the murder plot and was jailed for two years.
He was also sentenced to 18 months for cannabis cultivation to run consecutively to his two-year sentence.
The brothers had organised the fire-bombing campaign to force the tenant, Donna Nagi, out of her home so they could use it to grow cannabis.
Michael Reid, 45, of Aberdovey Close, Hull, was found guilty of growing cannabis and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Jackson Nagee, 37, of Beverley Road, Hull, got 21 months after admitting the same cannabis cultivation charge.
Following the hearing, Detective Sergeant Ian Dobson of Humberside Police said: “We say they are an organised crime group run by two brothers and they have all got their skill sets.
“Reid had the science to create the cannabis farms and Nagee and Reid were the lieutenants.
Det Sgt Dobson added: “Armstrong was running a letting agency business where they would grow the cannabis.”
“In the house they petrol-bombed was a child of 15 years and people upstairs – it was life-threatening.
“The plot to kill was taken extremely seriously.”
Wilson had earlier pleaded guilty to seven counts of illegal money lending and two counts of money laundering at a hearing in June.
He ran his illegal money lending business for nearly six years, from January 2006, to December 13, 2012 – the date he was arrested by the England illegal money lending team.
These officers executed a warrant at his home and found documentary evidence and £3,795 in cash.
The records showed that a total of 461 loans had been given, totalling almost £210,000, but investigators said there may have been more.
Typically, interest of between 50 per cent and 100 per cent was added to the loans.
Det Sgt Dobson said: “The message that this case reveals is that people who are lending money under hand are organised crime individuals.
“If people have knowledge of people living beyond their means the police want to hear.”
Cash and property has been seized and Mr Dobson said police would continue to seek to recover the gang’s assets through the Proceeds of Crime Act.