Life for members of masked gang who murdered man in acid attack

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Four men have been jailed for life for the murder of a father who was shot in the leg and doused in acid in front of his wife.

Barry Selby, 50, was attacked in his bedroom in the dead of night after a masked gang smashed their way into his family home in Bradford as part of a violent feud between two rival factions on the Holme Wood estate. Four hours earlier youngsters escaped injury when the gang had fired shots into another family home with four children inside.

Yesterday, Lee Calvert, who shot Mr Selby and threw strong sulphuric acid over him as his wife Donna hid behind their bed, was told he would have to serve a minimum of 36 years behind bars for his part in the murder and the shooting earlier that night.

On Thursday, Calvert, 23, of Stirling Crescent, Holme Wood, Bradford, and three other men from Holme Wood were found guilty of the murder charge following a trial at Bradford Crown Court. Joseph Lowther, 22, of Copgrove Road; Robert Woodhead, 28, of Fred’s Place and Andrew Feather, 24, of Heysham Drive, were convicted of murder. Lowther, Woodhead and Calvert were also convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Lowther and Woodhead will have to serve a minimum of 32 years in jail and Feather, who acted as a getaway driver in a second vehicle, will have to serve a minimum of 26 years.

Mr Selby died from multiple organ failure in hospital four days after the attack last October. Barristers for the defendants submitted that the attackers’ intention had been to cause serious harm rather than to kill.

Det Chief Insp Nick Wallen said: “Barry was a much loved husband, father and grandfather and is sadly missed by family and friends. The defendants have not given evidence and have never offered an explanation for what they did, but they are, without doubt, very dangerous and evil men.”

Mr Selby’s family thanked close family, friends and police family liaison officers for their support.

In a separate hearing, Calvert’s then girlfriend Natasha Wall, 24, of Stirling Crescent, was jailed for 21 days after pleading guilty part way through the trial to conspiracy to obstruct a police officer in the execution of his duty.