“This was an appallingly violent attack"
Ravi Talware, aged 33, of Wolverhampton, was jailed for life after he shot an addict dead over a £180 drug debt”.
On February 25, 2022, Talware led a gang of masked men into the family home of John Jones.
He then opened fire on Mr Jones with a shotgun.
The victim’s brother tried to escape but was stabbed multiple times at the property on Caslon Crescent, Stourbridge.
Talware shouted: “If anyone comes down the stairs, they are getting shot. If anyone rings the police, they are dead.”
The gang then fled in a car, which was later found burned out less than two miles away in Gibbet Lane.
A murder investigation was launched after it was revealed that the victim – an addict – owed around £180 to Talware.
The following morning, a member of the public discovered a bag containing the weapons dumped in a bin in Wolverhampton.
At Wolverhampton Crown Court in March 2023, Talware was found guilty of murder, possession of a shotgun, possession of bladed articles and perverting the course of justice.
He received a life sentence for murder and will serve a minimum of 34 years.
Talware will serve concurrent sentences of eight years for possession of the shotgun, three years for perverting the course of justice and four years for possession of bladed articles.
Kevin Waldron, who waited in the getaway car and then drove the gang away after, was convicted of the same charges, as was Scott Garrington.
Waldron, aged 41, of Wollaston, was jailed for life and will serve at least 24 years.
He was handed concurrent sentences of seven years for possession of the shotgun, 18 months for perverting the course of justice, and three years for possession of the bladed articles.
Garrington, aged 52, of Bridgnorth Road, was jailed for life and ordered to serve at least 22 years. He will serve the same sentences as Waldron for the other offences.
Three youths, all now aged 17, were convicted of manslaughter, wounding and possession of an imitation firearm as well as possession of bladed articles.
Two were jailed for eight years and six months and the third was jailed for eight years.
They were handed concurrent sentences for the other charges.
Speaking after the case, Detective Inspector Laura Harrison said:
“This was an appallingly violent attack which left one man dead and another seriously injured, all over a relatively trivial sum of money.
“A lot of planning went into this attack and it was thanks to great detective work by officers who recovered CCTV and were able to piece together the killers’ movements that we’ve been able to get justice for Mr Jones’ family today.”