Mar 29 2010
A convicted killer who executed a man with a shot to the neck should never have been free to murder, his victim's grieving family has said.
Ernest Wright, 68, will spend the rest of his life behind bars after he was convicted of carefully planning to murder Neville Corby, 42, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, almost a year ago.
The jury at Newcastle Crown Court was unaware that Wright had already served life for a murder in 1971 when he beat a love rival to death with an iron bar.
Wright, who began offending when he was just eight, was out on licence when he killed the gay father of two.
Disguised with a mask, Wright burst into the home Mr Corby shared with Craig Freear, 31, in Ashbourne Road, Bradford, and opened fire repeatedly.
He shot Mr Corby in the neck at close range and hit Mr Freear, who was hiding in the bathroom, with a shot fired through the door which struck him in the chest.
Mr Corby's angry sister, who declined to be named, spoke outside court on behalf of the family.
"Our family was never going to be happy with the outcome of today's trial. It should never have happened. Ernest Wright was given a life sentence in 1973."
She said Wright had committed serious offences since he was finally released in 1999. The killer was due to only serve a minimum term of 13 years but served double that because he absconded four times while on home release.
Mr Freear said afterwards: "Wright said in court that bullies always get their comeuppance. Well, today a murderer has truly had his and I want to thank all those in the criminal justice system who have delivered justice for both myself and Nev."