AN APPEAL launched by a ‘hitman’ against his conviction for shooting dead a Bulwell dad has failed.
Anthony Tirado (25), of Ballerat Crescent, Top Valley, was convicted of the murder of Bernard Langton (27) on Pilcher Gate in the Lace Market area of Nottingham city centre in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday May 25 in 2009.
A court found that Mr Langton was executed by Tirado on the orders of self-confessed drug-dealer Dion Griffin (35), of Hogan Gardens, Top Valley.
Both Griffin and Tirado were sentenced to life with a minimum sentence of 28 years behind bars after a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
At the Court Of Appeal in London, Tirado argued his conviction was ‘unsafe’ and denied he was the man caught on CCTV before father-of-two Mr Langton was shot. But his challenge was dismissed.
Lady Justice Rafferty, sitting with Mr Justice Mackay and Judge Nicholas Lorraine-Smith, said the evidence against Tirado was “compelling”. She also noticed that Tirado was “distinctive because of his height, or lack of it.”
Mr Langton was killed in revenge because he had been involved in a violent clash with another man, Alex James, in the former Paris nightclub on Broadway, Nottingham.
During the spat, Mr Langton stabbed James in the leg and, in turn, was hit over the head with a champagne bottle.
James was a friend of Griffin, who thought his pal had been shot because there had been gunfire earlier in the club.
Security cameras captured Tirado with a black handgun as he and Griffin searched the nightclub.
The original trial heard that Mr Langton was tracked to Pilcher Gate where a CCTV camera captured a flash as Tirado fired a 9mm handgun.