THESE people, who were all jailed in 2021, can expect to spend many more years behind bars after they were convicted of being responsible for deaths of others.

Their cases include murder, the tragic death of a mum following an arson attack which killed her children and dangerous drivers who mowed down a former Bolton mayoress.

Christopher Walton


Christopher Walton

Christopher Walton


In January Christopher Walton was jailed for life and told he will spend at least 22 years in prison after he kicked 45-year-old Christopher Hardman to death outside the Seven Acres chippy on Winchester Way, Breightmet.

Walton, aged 25, of Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, pleaded guilty to murder and a judge at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard how he had laid on the brutal attack as a "spectacle" for associates.

The violence, which was captured on CCTV camera, included Mr Hardman being dragged to the ground where he was repeatedly punched and kicked in the head.

The victim was rushed to hospital but died from his injuries, which included severe brain damage, a fractured jaw, cheekbone and nose, eight days later.

Jailing him, Judge Anthony Cross QC told him people would "struggle to understand how one human being could descend to the brutal violence that you inflicted on a defenceless man".

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Dorian Pirija


Dorian Pirija

Dorian Pirija


In March Dorian Pirija received a 19-year prison sentence after he was convicted of playing a part in a gangland-style execution of a cannabis farmer in Hartlepool.

Pirija, aged 33, of Trillo Avenue, Bolton, was the getaway driver for the gang, who killed father-of-two Hemwand Ali Hussain after luring him to his death following a dispute over £10,000 worth of drugs.

Mr Hussain, aged 30, was forced to his knees and blasted at point-blank range with a sawn-off shotgun. The gunman has never been caught.

The gang assembled in Bolton the day before the killing, which was the culmination of a long-running feud between rival Kurdish and Albanian groups on Teesside.

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Zak Bolland, David Worrall and Courtney Brierley


Bolland, Worrall and Brierley

Bolland, Worrall and Brierley


In April, following a trial, Zak Bolland was jailed for 40 years and David Worrall for 37 years for the murder of Michelle Pearson. Courtney Brierley was sentenced to 12 years in prison after admitting manslaughter.

Ms Pearson died 20 months after four of her children perished in a blaze at their home which was started by Bolland and Worrall. They were already serving life sentences for the murder of the Demi Pearson, 15, her brother Brandon, aged eight, sister Lacie, aged seven and Lia, aged three. Brierley received 21 years in jail for the children's manslaughter.

High on drink and drugs, Bolland and Worrall had launched the fatal attack, the culmination of series of tit-for-tat attacks while feuding with the 16-year-old son of Ms Pearson.

They petrol-bombed her home on Jackson Street, Walkden, Greater Manchester, in the early hours of the morning, trapping the family upstairs as a ferocious blaze engulfed the house on December 11, 2017.

In a statement following the latest convictions, Ms Pearson's family said: "The family shouldn’t have had to relive the devastating details from the fire all over again.

“Not once have they shown any remorse or said sorry for the murders of my daughter and grandchildren.”

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Assad Hussain and Wasim Iqbal


Assad Hussain

Assad Hussain


In June drivers Assad Hussain and Wasim Iqbal were jailed after they ploughed into former Bolton mayoress Gay Wharton on a pedestrian crossing on Chorley New Road and killed her.

The pair had been racing each other at up to 80mph in their Audis and Judge John Potter told them that they had both been "intensely selfish", putting their own egos before the safety of others. The racing had begin when Iqbal became annoyed at Hussain's attempts to undertake him.

Iqbal, aged 23, of Chorley New Road, Bolton and Hussain, aged 23, of Maplewood Gardens, Bolton, both admitted causing death by dangerous driving. They both had previous convictions for dangerous driving and had been banned from driving.

Hussain was jailed for seven years and four months for causing Mrs Wharton's death and banned from applying for a driving licence for 10 years and eight months, while Iqbal was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison and cannot drive again for seven years and four months.

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Lewis Peake


Lewis Peake

Lewis Peake


Lewis Peake's plans to rob a man of his £11,000 Rolex watch and recruit others to help him ended in the death of 34-year-old Steven McMyler in Wigan Parish Church grounds.

In June Peake aged 30, of James Street, Little Lever, was jailed for 13 years after being convicted of manslaughter and conspiracy to rob.

Peake had encountered Mr McMyler in Wigan town centre and persuaded youths, who had just got off a train from Liverpool, to help him steal the watch. The victim was viciously kicked in the head and suffered a heart attack as he lay dying.

Peake left the scene as he accomplices fled laughing, but returned a short time later to steal Mr McMyler's suitcase.

Sentencing Peake, Mr Justice Turner told him: "You did not strike the fatal blow but it was your cowardly plan which killed him."

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In November a 15-year-old boy was convicted of the murder of Bolton schoolboy Reece Tansey and his 15-year-old accomplice of manslaughter.

They had goaded 15-year-old Reece over social media into meeting them and then stabbed him to death and were convicted following a trial.

The pair will be sentenced, who cannot be named for legal reasons, will be sentenced in January.