46 years for doorstep killing

Stephen Rodgers
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TWO thugs have been jailed for a total of 46 years for their part in killing a South Yorkshire dad - but the gunman who shot Tyron Woodhead on his doorstep remains on the run.

Police are still hunting a third man, named in court only as Watkins, for the murder of Mr Woodhead, a married father who once won a Jill Dando bravery award for trying to stop a killing.

Nathan Wingfield

Nathan Wingfield

Appealing for the public’s help to track the gunman down, Det Supt Matt Fenwick said: “We strongly believe a third person was involved in the death of Tyron, and the investigation continues.

“We will make every effort to bring that person to justice.

“If anybody has any additional information, please come forward, please tell us.”

Mr Woodhead, aged 42, was shot during a botched robbery at his home on Doncaster Road, Wath-upon-Dearne, last autumn. He died just over a month later.

Nathan Wingfield, 23, of Hyde Park, Doncaster, was locked up for 25 years, and Stephen Rodgers, 30, from Thurnscoe, for 21, after each admitted manslaughter.

Wingfield also admitted a separate robbery.

Sheffield Crown Court heard they were two of a trio armed with a bayonet, axe, knife and gun, who battered on Mr Woodhead’s back door last September 20.

A struggle followed, the gun was fired, and the bullet struck Mr Woodhead in the neck, slicing through his spine.

Jailing the pair, Judge Roger Keen QC said he had to sentence on the basis of their guilty pleas - that they did not know a gun would be used and ‘did not intend or foresee the possibility of death’. 
“But a time came when the third man produced a gun,” he said. “Your victim was shot and killed.”

Afterwards Det Supt Fenwick said the long prison sentences were ‘excellent’.

“They send out a very strong message to the criminal fraternity,” he said. “This is an example of how badly things can go wrong when involved in violent crime.

“The family are devastated, and no sentence will bring Tyron back.

“This is a tragic case - a mother, daughter, brother and father have lost a loved one.”