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Men jailed for gangland execution
Adam Joof and Antonio Christie
Adam Joof (l) and Antonio Christie marched Kevin Nunes to his death
Five men who executed a rival drug dealer in Wolverhampton have been jailed for life.

Kevin Nunes, 20, was shot five times in a country lane near Pattingham, Staffordshire, in September 2002.

He was murdered after cutting in on a gang's lucrative trade moving crack cocaine from Wolverhampton to Aberdeen.

The gang's "Godfather" Adam Joof, 27, of Willenhall, and Antonio Christie, 28, of Great Bridge, were told they would serve at least 28 years in jail.

The trial at Leicester Crown Court had been told Joof, of Derwent Close, made £40,000-a-week from the crack cocaine trade.

Police praised

Police said he and Christie, of Devey Drive, had marched Mr Nunes out of a car at gunpoint after he had been abducted. Five shots were then heard.

Levi Walker, 28, originally from Birmingham, is already serving a life sentence for the murder of soldier Narel Sharpe, in Smethwick.

Levi Walker, Michael Osbourne and Owen Crooks
Walker (l), Osbourne (r) and Crooks were the other gang members

He and Michael Osbourne, 28, of Hobgate Road, Heath Town, Wolverhampton, were told they would serve a minimum of 27 years.

Owen Crooks, 26, of Wolverhampton, was told he would serve at least 25 years.

The judge Mr Justice Treacy praised Staffordshire Police for solving the case.

He said: "I have no doubt at all that the climate of fear and intimidation led to a wall of silence in the aftermath of the killing of Kevin Nunes.

"This has been an extremely skilfully-conducted investigation."

Mr Nunes, originally from Jamaica, had been a keen footballer who was on the books of Tottenham Hotspur and also played for Stafford Rangers.

Speaking outside court, his mother Pamela Bailey, 42, said she had been "left with a broken heart" by her son's death.

She added: "He was my first-born son and they just took him away from me just like that. I miss my son so much."

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Kevin Nunes was executed by rival drug dealers



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