Gang getaway driver caged

Ryan Manning
Ryan Manning

A WIGAN man was facing a long jail sentence today after being convicted for the brutal gangland killing of a shopkeeper.

Ryan Manning was the getaway driver for the man who shot and killed Nasar Hussain, also known as Nasar Shazad, in the Salford off-licence where the victim worked.

Manning, 22, of Bird Street, Ince, was convicted of manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court yesterday and will be sentenced today. Four men in all were found guilty in connection with the tragedy yesterday while gunman Simeon Henderson, 28, of no fixed address, had already pleaded guilty to murder at a previous hearing.

The trial heard that the shooting in July 2009 was preceded by a build-up in tensions between rival gangs in Bolton and one of the groups enlisted the help of some people from Oldham in dealing with the dispute.

That fateful evening, Henderson, accompanied by Manning, went into Brookhouse Wines in Salford, produced a sub-machine gun and sprayed the 27-year-old shop worker with bullets, fatally wounding him. Staff and customers also fled in panic. Manning drove Henderson away from the scene at speed in a Mazda Xedos and then handed him over to Akmal Afzal who was waiting nearby in a taxi and took him back to Oldham.

The Mazda was discovered a few hundred yards from Manning’s Ince house shortly before 10pm and had been burned out. Manning was arrested a week after the killing.

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