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27 October 2017, 09:29
A man who fled to Spain following the shooting of a man in Gravesend 16 years ago has been jailed for 18 years for conspiracy to murder.
Leonard Naylor died after a masked hitman opened fire on the driveway of his home in Istead Rise, opening fire on him four times at close range in April 2001.
Cold case investigators continued to review the evidence in the years that followed, and early this year they presented a case to the Crown Prosecution Service for charges to be brought against four men they believed had been involved in 46-year-old Mr Naylor’s death.
Terence Barry, 44, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged with conspiracy to murder and convicted following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Two other men - Robert Blackwell, 52, from Plaistow, London, and David Carvell, 52, from Colchester in Essex, were both found not guilty by the jury while the case against a fourth suspect was dismissed at an earlier hearing.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said: "This has been a very difficult and complex investigation and I am pleased that the long hours and hard work put in by the cold case team has paid off with the conviction of Terence Barry.
"I am pleased for the family of Mr Naylor that Barry will now spend a considerable length of time in prison, having spent the last 16 years not knowing if anyone would ever be held responsible.
"I hope this conviction sends a strong message that no case is ever truly closed and that there is ultimately no hiding place from the law. Kent Police does not tolerate people who come into the county to commit crime of any type, let alone an offence as serious as this."