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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 14:24 GMT 15:24 UK
Life for double-cross revenge killer
Bryan McLeish
Bryan McLeish took revenge after the drug deal
A double killer has been given two life sentences after he tortured a man to death.

Drug dealer Bryan McLeish, 31, from the Clapton Park Estate, east London, laughed as he was led to cells.

He had killed one of his victims by covering his head with a plastic bag to suffocate him and doused his body with scalding water.

McLeish's other victim was shot at close range.

The Old Bailey was told both men were killed within 24 hours of each other in revenge after they cheated McLeish over cocaine valued at 20,000.

Tortured victim

Mark Dennis, prosecuting, said one of the men, Ray Samuels, was tortured after being tied with wire cable and a belt before being smothered in a plastic bag.

Before he died he had been scalded with water and his hands burnt with a hot object.

McLeish's victims had made off with a large amount of cocaine which had been smuggled into Heathrow airport by a young Jamaican woman, Annetta Johnson, the court heard.

Samuels and Scott had tried to escape with the drugs in London.

Bunny Ambersley
Bunny Ambersley was jailed for eight years
McLeish, who was assisted in the hunt for the pair by accomplice Bunny Ambersley, managed to find them and Scott was shot outside his east London home.

Samuels was taken to McLeish's home where he was tortured and killed.

'Taken fright'

Mr Dennis alleged that although another man pulled the trigger, both McLeish and Ambersley were present when Scott was gunned down.

He said: "Ambersley drove the gunman to the victim's address and lured him out.

"McLeish supervised and drove Ambersley and the gunman away from the scene."

Samuels had already been taken to McLeish's home.

Mr Dennis said: "Both defendants were well aware that he had been detained and was under restraint there.

"But by now Ambersley had taken fright and for reasons of self protection fled from the area, leaving the second victim at the mercy of the team."

Charges denied

Ambersley, 30, from Stoke Newington, was cleared of murdering Scott, but convicted of his manslaughter and jailed for eight years.

He was also convicted of conspiring to supply cocaine and sentenced to seven years to run concurrently.

McLeish was jailed for seven years for conspiring to supply cocaine, 10 years for false imprisonment and three years for perverting the course of justice - all concurrent with the life sentences.

McLeish denied all the charges including two of murder.


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