Burnley murderer facing life in jail

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A BURNLEY man convicted of murdering a father-of-four is facing a life sentence.

Paul Devalda (35), of Padiham Road, Burnley, is due to be sentenced today, at Liverpool Crown Court, for the kidnap and murder of Paul Brady, whose body has never been found.

Housing manager Mr Brady was kidnapped by a masked armed gang after being lured to a housing estate in Bacup in August 2009.

As the jury relayed their verdicts yesterday, Devalda, who is currently in jail for drugs offences, sat with his head in his hands and his girlfriend, Stacia Crossley (28), also of Padiham Road, sat shaking and crying. The jury was unable to agree verdicts on two charges against her of assisting an offender. The prosecution will decide whether she should face a re-trial.

Heath Bowling (38), of Stockport, was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by giving false details to the DVLA and police, which he had denied. He was bailed to face sentece next month.