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Crime boss who planned murder of Trusthorpe couple loses human rights fight

Colin Gunn from Nottingham was jailed for planning the murder of Joan and John Stirland.

Colin Gunn from Nottingham was jailed for planning the murder of Joan and John Stirland.

A crime boss from Nottingham who planned the murder of a Trusthorpe couple has lost his fight to persuade High Court judges that his human rights were breached.

Colin Gunn was jailed for life for in 2004 for planning the murder of John and Joan Stirland, formerly of Trusthorpe, near Mablethorpe.

Gunn claimed that his rights were violated when he was moved to a “prison within a prison” at HMP Belmarsh, amid fears he was mounting an escape bid.

Mr Justice Bean ruled at the time that it was a “reasonable” decision.

Gunn, 47, was the gangland ruler of the Bestwood estate in Nottingham until he was jailed for conspiracy to murder.

The Stirlands were found at their bungalow in Trusthorpe shot dead in a revenge killing after Mrs Stirland’s son killed an associate of the Gunn family.

In May 2013, Gunn was transferred from HMP Frankland in County Durham.

The court had heard that Gunn arranged for an inmate to pass a note on to a prison officer, included the written address of the officer’s disabled brother, telling him, “Well, you now work for me and Colin Gunn”.

Philip Rule, Gunn’s barrister, argued four months in top security unlawfully interfered with his ability to receive visitors and resulted in his right to respect for private and family life being breached under the European Convention on Human Rights.

The judge said that “it was a reasonable decision at the time”, and ordered Gunn to pay £1,000 towards the government’s legal costs.

 

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