Connor Chapman loses appeal against 48 year jail term

Connor Chapman, who fatally shot Elle Edwards on Christmas Eve 2022 outside a Wallasey pub, has lost his legal challenge against the 48-year minimum term life sentence imposed on him.

The Court of Appeal dismissed Chapman’s appeal, upholding the length of his sentence.

Chapman, 23, was convicted of murdering the 26-year-old beautician by firing 12 shots from a Skorpion submachine gun outside the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village. Elle Edwards was hit twice in the back of the head during the incident, which also left five others injured.

The trial at Liverpool Crown Court revealed Chapman’s intention to murder two men, Jake Duffy and Kieran Salkeld, marking the culmination of a gang feud in Wirral that witnessed nine shootings in 2022.

The Lady Chief Justice Baroness Carr, presiding over the appeal alongside Mrs Justice May and Mr Justice Foxton, stated that while the sentence was severe, it was “not manifestly excessive”.

Chapman’s actions were described by the trial judge, Mr Justice Goose, as a carefully planned revenge attack in gang rivalry, showing a complete disregard for the safety of others.

During Chapman’s sentencing hearing in July last year, emotional statements from Elle’s family were read in court.

Her father, Tim Edwards, described Elle as a caring and beautiful person, always putting others before herself. The tragic incident left a profound impact on her family, as reflected in the heartfelt statements presented in court.

Image: Connor Chapman/Merseyside Police

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