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Gunman who went on run to Cornwall jailed for murder

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 06, 2012

A gunman who fled to Cornwall has been jailed for at least 32 years for shooting a builder in the head after turning up to give a friend a lift from a pub.

Builder Lee Hook, 35, received a call from Adam Stevens, 30, asking him to pick him up after he had a row with three men at the Royal Oak pub in Harrow, London. As he waited in his VW Golf in a side road, the three men pulled up in a silver Mercedes and fired two shots.

One of the bullets hit Mr Hook's head and he died five days later in October 2010, the Old Bailey heard.

Brian O'Neill QC, prosecuting, said: "He was not the intended target of the gunman and his two accomplices. This was no random shooting – this was murder plain and true."

The suspects fled to Newquay where they were arrested "holed up" in a hotel room.

Ashley Morgan, 26, of Harrow, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum 32 years for murder following a trial in December.

Tyrone Starkie, 26, also from Harrow, was found guilty of manslaughter and was given 18 years.

Morgan's brother Azariah, 28, of Harrow, was convicted of assisting an offender and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

The sentences could not be reported until today when Micah Lewis, 30, of Ealing, west London, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was jailed for 12 years.

Together, they had killed an innocent victim. Mr Hook had become a father for the first time six weeks before.

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