Justice for Mike Silcock: the Daily Mail Online reports that “the court heard Benson, whose criminal record read out in court ran to 13 pages, told a fellow prison inmate: ‘One down, 500 to go. I have burnt the car out. They are not getting any fingerprints on me.’ Later, he refused to co-operate with police when interviewed, instead saying: ‘You’re the detective. You find out. No comment.’
But after Mike Silcock’s family appealed for information on the BBC’s Crimewatch, members of the public named the three suspects – with some of the witnesses now under police protection.”
Stephen Benson, a career criminal who killed Silcock in a hit-and-run, had been asked to destroy the car for an insurance scam but mowed down off-duty officer Silcock hours after taking the BMW M3, Manchester Crown Court heard. Today, Benson was sentenced to four years and two months.
On Friday, March 6, 2009, off-duty Officer Mike Silcock from the Greater Manchester Police, was shot. Silcock was taken to Stepping Hill hospital with serious head injuries. He later passed away. In 2011, Stephen Benson was sentenced to four years and two months for his murder.