Lancashire mum helped gunman boyfriend destroy evidence

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A young mum who helped her gunman boyfriend by driving him from Bradford to Blackpool and getting him petrol to destroy forensic evidence has been jailed for 22 months.

Ann-Marie Pulford, 25, had fallen under Hasan Khan’s spell and was also involved in supplying crack cocaine and heroin along with him.

Sentencing her at Liverpool Crown Court, Mr Justice Edis, said he did not believe she knew he had shot someone but had known a weapon had been discharged and the three bottles of petrol found in her car had been intended for getting rid of gunshot residue from him.

Going to rescue him from Bradford, where unknown to her he had left a 22-year-old woman with two gunshot wounds to her stomach, “was something of a panic measure by both of you.”

The court heard that Pulford, who has a six-year-old son, had “fallen rapidly in love with him when she had been at a particularly low ebb.

The judge said Khan, 24, of Brassey Terrace, Bradford, had manipulated her and to a limited extent she had been a victim of his criminality. But he told Pulford, “You are responsible for the crimes you committed.”

Pulford, of Great Eccleston, had been convicted of assisting an offender after a trial at Bradford Crown Court and admitted possessing crack cocaine and heroin.

She drove to Bradford on May 16 last year after receiving a phone call and he told her he had been injured in a fight. They later checked into a hotel in Blackpool.

They were arrested on Blackpool Promenade by armed police the following day. When her car was searched police found 83 wraps of crack cocaine and 60 of heroin, worth a total of £1,280. Text messages on her phone revealed she had been involved in selling Class A drugs.

Sarah Barlow, defending, saidPulford is easily persuaded and had met Khan when they were both in patients in hospital. “Her role was to assist him personally because of her relationship with him,” she said.