Killer back behind bars

Stephen Bosanko
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A notorious double killer is back behind bars after the latest chapter in his shocking life of crime.

Serial offender Stephen Bosanko, once branded “complete evil” by the father of one of his victims, could be facing yet another prison term after admitting raids on two shops in Preston.

The 33-year-old, who had killed two people by the time he was 22, was remanded in custody after magistrates in the city referred his case to crown court for sentence on July 29.

Bosanko, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to stealing £1,000 of mobile phones from the Cash-In-A-Dash store in Church Street, Preston, and £400 from the Imaan Pharmacy, in Lancaster Lane.

It is 15 years since Bosanko, then a teenager living in Wilbraham Street, Preston, was sent down for six years for the manslaughter of his childhood friend Sajad Ahmed.

Mr Ahmed, 22, a father-of-three, was attacked near the Greyhound pub in London Road and suffered fatal head injuries.

Bosanko was originally charged with murder but the prosecution later accepted his plea of guilty to manslaughter.

The court was told Bosanko had been out celebrating his 18th birthday on the night of the attack and had bragged he was “going to do someone” as he wanted to “do life and be a big name.”

Minutes later, Mr Ahmed was attacked. Witnesses said that, after being punched, his head hit the floor with a “loud, scary crack”. Bosanko’s sentence was cut on appeal and he was free in less than three years.

Within months he was responsible for the death of Nicola Shalloe in a car crash in 2002.

The 20-year-old was a backseat passenger in a car which, with Bosanko at the wheel, ploughed into a lamppost in Ribbleton. She died of multiple injuries in hospital three hours later.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for three-and-a-half years.

In 2009 Bosanko went on the run after breaking the terms of his prison licence and was eventually captured, thanks to the BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

In 2011 he was jailed for two-and-a-half years for a spree of offending in which he crashed two cars, burgled two supermarkets, smashed up a cafe and assaulted a police officer. He later had three months added to that sentence for possession of fake banknotes.