Boy tells mum he’s glad "bad guys" who killed dad in front of him are in prison

Boy tells mum he’s glad "bad guys" who killed dad in front of him are in prison

The three-year-old son of a man shot dead in a city feud has emotionally told his mum of his relief that the "bad guys" who killed him are in jail.

Colin Horner’s youngster made the heartwarming remark to his mum Natasha after his dad’s killers were sentenced .

Natasha said: "Knowing that the people responsible for Colin’s death are now behind bars is a relief for me, my daughter but more so my son as he now knows the "bad guys" are in jail and can’t hurt him anymore.

"I would like to thank my family and friends, PSNI, the PPS [police] and court services."

Dad-to-two Mr Horner, 35, was shot dead as he placed his son into his vehicle in the car park of Sainsbury’s in Bangor, Northern Ireland in May 2017.

But yesterday, thugs Ryan Graham Smyth, 31, Alan James Wilson, 30, were sentenced to 16 years in prison, while Joseph Blair, 35, was sentenced to 15 years and six months. Robert Ralph, 47, was sentenced to 15 years.

The judge slammed the broad daylight killing as "callous".

Detective Chief Inspector Peter McKenna said: "This was a cold and brutal murder of a young man in front of his three-year-old son and I welcome today’s sentencing.

"On Sunday 28 May 2017 Colin Horner visited a local supermarket with his young child and after picking up some groceries they returned to his car.

"Colin had just finished placing his three-year-old son in his car seat when a gunman jumped out of a Ford Mondeo and ran towards them, opening fire with a handgun.

"Colin was hit several times and was left to die as the gunman ran back to the car which fled the scene and was found burning minutes later just a short distance away. Sadly Colin was rushed to hospital but did not survive the devastating injuries that he received.

"Colin was a much loved father, partner, son and friend and whilst no sentence can bring him back, I hope that these convictions offer some comfort as they cope with their grief."

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