Derek George tells Lyndon Coles to 'stop moaning like a baby' and accept his guilt over notorious Hull murder
THE brother of a man gunned down on his doorstep has called on the murderer to accept his guilt.
Derek George believes police caught the right men when Lyndon Coles and Robert Bradley were convicted of murdering his brother Shane.
Yesterday, Coles – who has been released from prison after 19 years – vowed to carry on fighting to prove his innocence.
But Mr George, 43, said: "We want bygones to be bygones – but the Coles need to shut up about it now for that to happen.
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"If you're caught, you go to jail – and I've served time myself. You don't moan like a baby."
Shane George, 21, was shot at point-blank range as he opened the front door of his home in Coltman Street, west Hull, in January 1994.
Weeks later, Coles and Bradley were accused of murder and both were found guilty following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court in 1996.
In total, taking time spent on remand into account, Coles spent almost 19 years behind bars at prisons across the country.
In his first interview since his release, Coles, 49, claimed he has been the victim of a miscarriage of justice.
However, Mr George said Coles should accept his conviction and allow their family peace to deal with their grief over his brother's death.
He said: "If a member of your family was murdered, you would want justice and then you would want to put it behind you.
"But for the past 19 years the Coles family – and I blame his dad Bob for this more than Lyndon – have kept this going.
"Every 18 months or so, it rears itself, causing further grief for my family.
"Lyndon Coles has served his time. I believe he killed Shane.
"That should be it. Let sleeping dogs lie."
The George brothers' father, Bert, died in 1991 – three years before his son was murdered.
Mr George, now a farm labourer, said: "It's a good job he was not around when Shane was killed.
"He was old-school and would have settled matters."
Mr George blames the shooting for a family rift that has resulted in him not speaking to his mother, Janet, for years.
"In a nutshell, my family has really been put through it," he said. "We have had enough.
"I don't even go to my brother's grave. I can't bring myself to do it. I have tried to switch off from it all and, to an extent, I have managed that.
"But then it all starts up again when the Coles pipe up with another claim to 'prove' that Lyndon is innocent."
During his interview with the Mail, Coles said he was "no angel" and admitted using heroin.
But he said: "That doesn't make me a murderer."
In response, Mr George said: "I'm also no angel. But I am a great believer in getting on with it and accepting the punishment when you are caught."
Prosecutors in the trial told the jury Coles and Bradley had gone to Mr George's home, intending to teach him a "painful lesson" over a dispute.
Coles and Bradley had intended to "kneecap" Mr George, it was claimed.
However, pellets from the shotgun lodged in Mr George's groin and stomach and he bled to death.
No weapon was recovered.
Coles claims he was the victim of a "stitch-up" involving key prosecution witnesses lying under oath, although both men lost their appeals against conviction and the Criminal Cases Review Commission ruled there was insufficient evidence for a fresh appeal.
Mr George's aunt, Carol Mansell also disputed Coles's protests of innocence.
She said: "If they really were innocent, why have we not heard anything from Robert Bradley and his family in all these years?"