A MAN is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of murder over the death of a man who was taken into woods and blasted to death in a Leeds woodland.
Xavier Dore, 22, was found guilty by a jury at Leeds Crown Court over the killing of Colin Pierre, 31, who was shot as a punishment over a drugs debt.
Mr Pierre, 31, 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.
The jury heard 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.
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 will be sentenced on Friday.