Drug dealer jailed for life over ‘ruthless’ murder in Leeds woodland

Xavier Dore.
Xavier Dore.
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A MURDERER has been told he must serve a minimum of 16 years in prison over his role in the cold blooded killing of a man who was blasted to death in a Leeds woodland.

Drug dealer Xavier Dore, 22, was given a life sentence yesterday for his involvement in the death of Colin Pierre, 31, who was shot as a punishment over a drug debt.

Mr Pierre, 31, known to his family and friends as Craig, bled to death after being shot in the leg and left to die in woodland off Gledhow Valley Road, Gledhow, Leeds, on March 11 last year.

Mr Pierre’s body was found in a stream the morning after the killing. Dore helped gunman Anthony Micah Pyke carry out the killing.

Pyke, 33, is currently serving a 32-year prison sentence after being found guilty of murder and two offences of kidnap.

Dore, of Reginald Terrace, Chapeltown, was a criminal associate of Pyke’s and was involved in dealing heroin and cocaine. Dore was involved in kidnapping Mr Pierre and another man after they had smoked drugs which they had not paid for and were supposed to sell. Dore also helped drive the two men to the woods.

The other man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was forced to kneel and Mr Pierre was shot in front of him. Dore was also found guilty of false imprisonment and two offences of kidnapping. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, supplying and possession of class A drugs and acquiring criminal property.

Mr Justice Wilkie told Dore: “The murder of Colin Pierre was a particularly ruthless, warped and cruel crime.”

“You were a willing part of Pyke’s team.

“Whilst in the woods I am satisfied that you kept Colin Pierre under your control.

“Your lack of any moral scruples about what you had become involved in is evidenced by the fact that far from being affected by these events, you continued to be a drug dealer.”

During the trial, prosecutor Richard Wright, QC, said that although Dore did not pull the trigger, he was guilty of murder as he knew Mr Pierre would be killed or seriously injured. He said: “It was a brutal lesson meted out as punishment...for crossing Anthony Micah Pyke and Xavier Dore.”

Dore’s girlfriend, Dinah Shannon, 23, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

The court heard Shannon, of Wetherby Terrace, Burley, Leeds, lied to police after the killing in a bid to protect Dore.

Scott Lyons, 22, was jailed for 28 months after pleading guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs over his role in helping Dore supply drugs in the Leeds area.

After the case, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Dunkerley, of West Yorkshire Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said: “Craig Pierre was brutally murdered in a completely unnecessary and cowardly act of violence by Anthony Micah Pyke who is already serving a life sentence with a 32-year minimum. Xavier Dore did not pull the trigger but he was just as guilty of the kidnap and murder as Pyke and actively assisted with full knowledge of what was going to happen.

“The loss of Craig in such terrible circumstances has left his family utterly devastated and we hope it will provide some reassurance to them and to the wider community to know that his killers have had to face the consequences of their actions.”