Boxing day 2004
PC Ian Broadhurst
Date of Birth:
3 February 1966
Nathan Wayne Coleman
Former US Marine
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.
In 1998, Bieber moved to Yorkshire, where he got a job
as a nightclub Bouncer. He also acquired an arsenal of
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 e 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.
Broadhurst was shot once in the back and immobilised.
Banks escaped injury after a bullet ricocheted off his
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
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 on 31 December. 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.
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
"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
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.
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
now serve a minimum of 37 years.
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