Gulf war vet imprisoned for killing family

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England, April 9 (UPI) -- A British judge has sentenced a Gulf war veteran to four life prison terms for killing four members of his family, saying it may never be safe to release him.

David Bradley, 43, was found guilty of shooting his uncle and aunt, Peter and Josie Purcell, both 70, and their sons Keith, 44, and Glen, 41, at close range in their heads with a silenced 7.65mm handgun, Skynews reported Wednesday.


Bradley reportedly admitted in Crown Court last year to four manslaughter counts in connection with the 2006 killings after two experts decided he was mentally unstable.

"I am of the opinion that your psychiatric disorder and mental illness are of such a degree it may never be safe for you to be returned to the community," Judge David Hodson told Bradley in court. Hodson recommended that Bradley serve a minimum of 15 years in prison, the report said.

It is reported that Bradley suffered from alopecia, a condition prompted by a mental meltdown, after his 1995 departure from the military.

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