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Marlon O'Reilly pub shooting murder: Paul Davies jailed

Marlon O'Reilly
Image caption Police believed Marlon O'Reilly was a "victim of mistaken identity"

A man has been jailed for life for the murder of a father of two who was shot dead at a Birmingham pub in a case of mistaken identity.

Paul Davies shot Marlon O'Reilly five times as he drank with friends in the Dovecote Pub in Cockshut Hill on 10 May - the day before his 34th birthday.

Davies, 34, of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

He was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years.

Davies was also sentenced to 10 years for possession of a firearm, which will run concurrently to the life sentence.

West Midlands Police said Mr O'Reilly, from Sheldon, was a victim of mistaken identity because he was wearing a similar T-shirt to the intended target.

Davies had carried out the murder as revenge after he had been attacked by a group of three men at the G and A fitness gym in Garretts Green earlier in the day, a spokesman added.

'Calculated killer'

Davies was arrested at Birmingham Airport as he got off a plane from Thailand on 29 May.

Image caption Paul Davies was sentenced to a minimum of 31 years in prison

Det Insp Warren Hines said that Davies was a "cold and calculated" killer.

He said: "He went into the pub that night with the intention of seeking revenge but ultimately got the wrong person.

"At the time of the attack the pub was full of families from the local area. Davies showed a complete disregard to all of their lives by opening fire in such a public place.

"Marlon was a good lad who was not mixed up in criminality and it has made his killing all the more difficult for his family to deal with."

Mr O'Reilly's family paid tribute to him describing him as a "loving, caring and sensitive man."

In a statement, they said: "We are thankful that justice has finally been served, we can now begin to grieve for the person we loved so dearly.

"It has brought a deepened sadness to us as a family that the incidents that led to Marlon's death were not only mindless but also completely unrelated to him."

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