|Nathan Wayne Coleman
|3 Feb 1966
|PC Ian Broadhurst
|Newcastle Crown Court
|Mr Justice Moses
9th February 1995, David Bieber was a drug dealer and bodybuilder. Markus Mueller, was a fellow bodybuilder and Bieber's dealer. He was shot in Fort Myers, Florida, USA.
Police arrested Bieber, thinking he had hired a hit man, but later released him due to lack of evidence. In November 1995, Bieber's former girlfriend Michelle Marsh was attacked by the same gunman who had attacked Mueller. All four shots missed. Bieber fled the USA assuming the identity of Nathan Wayne Coleman with a stolen passport, and other forged documents, before escaping the country in 1996 and coming to the UK.
26th September 1996, Bieber entered the UK through the port of Ramsgate, using the stolen passport. He was given a six-month visa, but it was later extended until his marriage to Denise Horsley in Kendal, Cumbria in March 1997.
I998, Bieber moved to Yorkshire, where he got a job as a nightclub Bouncer. He also acquired an arsenal of illegal firearms.
August 2001, his wife petitioned for divorce and a decree absolute was granted on 5 May 2002.
26th December 2003, PC Ian Broadhurst and two colleagues approached a BMW of American born David Bieber, for a routine traffic check in Leeds. They wanted to question him further and put him in the backseat of the police car. They were a little suspicious and worried about him, thinking he may become violent, so they called for backup.
PC Roper then moved to handcuff Bieber, who drew a 9 mm handgun and fired four shots at the unarmed police officers, who tried to flee.
Roper was hit twice in the shoulder and abdomen, but managed to get away. PC Broadhurst was shot once in the back and immobilised. PC Banks escaped injury after a bullet ricocheted off his radio.
Bieber then walked over to where Broadhurst was lying, and shot him in the head at point blank range while the officer pleaded for his life.
27th December 2003, Bieber took a taxi journey in Bradford, this gave police the break they were looking for, and on 28th December armed police raided Bieber's flat.
2.25am 31st December 2003. Bieber was arrested by armed police in a hotel room near Gateshead He had dyed his hair ginger. Under his bed, he had a pistol ready to fire. The next day, he was charged with murder and two accounts of attempted murder.
November 2004 The trial was held at Newcastle upon-Tyne Crown Court and ended on 2nd December 2004. Bieber denied murder, two counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of 200 9 mm pistol cartridges.
Bieber admitted possession of 298 9 mm cartridges without a firearms certificate.
Bieber was convicted of one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The judge, Mr Justice Moses, told Bieber he had shown "no remorse or understanding of the brutality" of his crime.
"To shoot and kill an officer in such circumstances, doing no more than trying to serve us all, is an attack on all of us".
"It must be acknowledged that he might have died as a result of your first shot, but you made certain of his death."
Bieber was given three life sentences.
The judge recommended that Bieber should never be released, making him only the 25th person in British legal history to be recommended for whole life tariff.
24th October 2006, the Appeal Court rejected an appeal from Bieber for his convictions to be overturned, but ruled that he could appeal against the trial judge's recommendation that he should never be released.
23rd July 2008, David Bieber was told that although the killing of Pc Ian Broadhurst was ‘horrifying’, it did not justify the whole-life jail term he was given in 2004.
Bieber will now serve a minimum of 37 years.
10th October 2017, David Bieber allegedly assaulted a female prison officer.
Bieber is charged with the attempted murder of prison officer Allison Smith at HMP Long Lartin.
January 2022, a trail date has been set for March 2022