Man Jailed For Gun And Machete Attack

Thursday, 17 October 2019

A man from Bradford has been jailed for a total of 14 years for his role in an incident where a man was shot and attacked with a machete.

Nicholas Beck, aged 30, of Dawnay Road, was sentenced today (Thursday) at Leeds Crown Court, where he was found guilty of wounding with intent and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence following a trial. 

Nicholas Beck

His co-defendant John Wilkinson, aged 28, of Sage Street, was cleared of all charges.

The incident occurred in Grayswood Crescent in Holmewood in April this year, when the victim Mark Lee, 36, was attacked by two males as he sat in his car.

Mr Lee managed to escape to a nearby address and the emergency services were called. He was then taken to hospital, where he was treated for serious injuries.

An investigation was launched by West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, which led to the arrest of five suspects, including Beck and Wilkinson who were subsequently charged.

Beck was given 14 years for the assault and five years for the firearms offence. The sentences are to run concurrently.

Speaking after sentencing Senior Investigating Officer Detective Inspector Andy Cass, said:

“Violent crime will not be tolerated in West Yorkshire and any offence involving the discharge of a weapon is treated extremely seriously.

“West Yorkshire Police is committed to tackling firearms crime and this outcome should serve as a warning to others that you are likely to go to prison for several years if you are convicted of such an offence.”

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