Murderer snapped grinning in cell weeks into sentence for shooting beautician

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    A thug who shot dead innocent bystander Elle Edwards at a Merseyside pub on Christmas Eve last year has been snapped grinning in his cell just weeks in his 48-year sentence.

    The 26-year-old was killed when Connor Chapman, 23, opened fire with a Skorpion machine pistol, firing 12 shots into a group of people outside the Lighthouse pub in Wallasey Village, Wirral, Merseyside.

    A three-week trial culminated in Chapman being convicted of her murder and seven other counts, being sent down for a mammoth 48 years.

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    But that doesn't appeared to have dampened the thug's spirit, as the illegal image from the inside shows him smirking.

    The Liverpool Echo unearthed the photo uploaded by a private Instagram account showing Chapman peering out of a cell window grinning while throwing a 'W' shape sign believed to represent Woodchurch.

    Elle's heartbroken dad Tim Edwards described the image as a "photograph of a coward" before slamming the gangland killer as a "scumbag".

    One of two captions on the photo reads: "Judge frew [sic] a 48 at him still got smile on his face RN4L love ye brudda", followed by three heart emojis. The second caption reads: "Tryna give us longer than we lived."

    The picture is believed to have been posted by another gun thug convicted in relation to a shooting, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

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    Evil Chapman had intended to kill Kieran Salkeld and Jake Duffy, who are both affiliated with a rival gang on Beechwood estate on the opposite side of the M53 in Wirral to his gang on Woodchurch.

    Elle was perched on the edge of a raised flower bed with her back to the killer and died almost instantly when she was struck in the head by two bullets.

    Salkeld and Duffy were seriously wounded but survived, while three innocent bystanders were also hit in the volley of bullets. Chapman then fled the scene and hid out at the home of his associate, Thomas Waring.

    Waring was jailed for nine years after being found guilty of assisting Chapman to burn out his getaway car and possessing the murder weapon after the shooting.

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