The “coward” who fatally shot an innocent bystander, Elle Edwards, outside a pub on Christmas Eve last year has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 48 years, causing gasps in the courtroom. Mr. Justice Goose stated, “You didn’t care about the potential harm caused to others. That’s why you indiscriminately fired at the group. I am convinced that you are an extremely dangerous individual.”
Thomas Waring, a co-defendant in the case, received a nine-year prison sentence.
Elle Edwards, a beautician, was enjoying a night out with friends when Connor Chapman opened fire using a Skorpion sub-machine gun outside the Lighthouse pub in Wirral, Merseyside. His targets, Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld, were injured, along with five other individuals, during the incident involving 12 gunshots. Chapman fled the scene in a stolen Mercedes.
Although Chapman, 23, denied any involvement, a jury found him guilty of the murder of the 26-year-old victim on Thursday.
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