Contract killers get life jail terms

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The daughters of accountant David Wilson finally put a five-year ordeal behind them last night after watching the contract killers who executed their father receive life jail terms.

The nightmare for Michelle Wilson, 31, and her younger sister Lisa, 29, began when hitmen Stephen Playle and Michael Crossley burst into their luxury Lancashire home on March 5, 1992 and shot their father dead.

The murder led a Lancashire Police team on a trail that took them halfway across the world as they brought to justice the sinister American criminal Michael Austin, who ordered the murder, and his UK middleman Stephen Schepke, both now serving life sentences.

It came full circle at Liverpool Crown Court yesterday when Mr Justice Mantell sent friends Crossley and Playle to prison for life.

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