Five people have been jailed for more than 78 years for their part in the ‘revenge slaying’ of a mum deliberately mown down and killed by a gangster over a £60 drug debt.
Alison McBlain, 36, died from ‘terrible, unsurvivable injuries’ after being struck by a Fiat Punto and flung 42ft metres down the street in Blackburn on November 19, 2019.
A jury at Preston Crown Court found Joshua Titterington, Karis Poynton, Dean Qayum and Kaylib Connolly guilty of her murder on Monday.
Lancashire Constabulary has released CCTV footage leading up to the moment where Alison McBlain, 36, was knocked down and killed by a drugs gang in Blackburn after she had failed to pay for crack cocaine and heroin worth £60
Preston Crown Court heard that Kaylib Connolly, right, drove the Fiat Punto which mounted the kerb to kill Ms McBlain. Ms McBlain had earlier arranged to buy crack cocaine and heroin worth £60 from the pair. She failed to pay for the drugs prompting the attack
A fifth defendant, Jon Chatwood, was found guilty of her manslaughter and a youth, who can not be identified for legal reasons, was cleared of all charges.
Preston Crown Court hear on the day before the attack, Ms McBlain and Mr Rivers had arranged to buy crack cocaine and heroin from a criminal gang known as the ‘Bully Line’.
Ms McBlain made off without paying for the drugs worth £60, so members of the gang developed their revenge plot.
The drugs were supplied by Dean Qayum and Kaylib Connolly.
Before the fatal attack, Karis Poynton, an associate of the Bully Line, saw Ms McBlain with Mr Rivers. He passed on their location to the mob.
It is understood Connolly was driving the car, while Qayum, Titterington and a 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were passengers in the car when it struck and killed Ms McBlain.
Chatwood was also convicted despite being not present, as he was a member of the Bully Line and had helped organise the attack.
During the trial, the jury heard how the Punto, driven by Connolly, mounted the kerb and struck Ms McBlain and Christian Rivers shortly after 7.30pm in revenge for a £60 drug debt.
Ms McBlain was tragically pronounced dead two days later, having succumbed to her injuries while in hospital. Her family, including her 12-year-old son, were by her bedside.
The vehicle was found abandoned and partially burnt out a short time after the incident in Blackburn.
The court heard Ms McBlain and Mr Rivers had ordered £60 worth of crack and heroin which they did not pay for.
The five guilty parties were today jailed for a combined total of 78 and a half years.
Mr Rivers was injured in the crash.
Karis Poynton, left, who is an associate of the Bully Line gang, saw Ms McBlain and Mr Rivers in a Blackburn pharmacy and passed on the information to facilitate the revenge hit. Joshua Titterington, right, was in the Fiat Punto which was used in the attack
Connolly, 19, received life with a minimum term of 14 years for the murder of Ms McBlain and the attempted murder of the man.
Qayum, 21, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 20 years for the same offences.
Titterington, 27, was found guilty of murder and attempted GBH in relation to Mr Rivers and received life with a minimum term of 17 and a half years.
Poynton, 28, was sentenced to life with a minimum term of 13 years for the same crimes.
Alison McBlain, pictured, died after she was struck by a car in Blackburn in 2019 by members of a drugs gang after he failed to pay £60 for an order of crack cocaine and heroin
Chatwood, 26, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Ms McBlain and not guilty of the attempted murder of the 28-year-old man. He was given a 14-year custodial custody.
Speaking after the sentencing, DCI Lee Wilson said: ‘Alison McBlain – a mother, daughter and beloved friend to many – was deliberately run over and killed in a calculated, premeditated revenge slaying.
‘As a result of her death a 13-year-old boy has lost his mother, while her family and friends have been left utterly heartbroken.
‘They have also been put through the ordeal of a trial because the offenders refused to admit what they had done.
‘The pain caused to Alison’s loved ones cannot be overstated and they must be commended for showing great dignity throughout this whole difficult process.
‘We hope they can now take some comfort in knowing five people are behind bars.’