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WA pair lose appeal over violent murder

AAP logoAAP 29/07/2016

Two men jailed for life over the murder of an acquaintance who was bashed, run over and shot in the head at a Perth park have lost their appeals.

Alexander James Stephens and Angus William John Ritchie were convicted of murdering 32-year-old David Liam Johnson in Swanbourne in March 2013.

Stephens received a minimum of 24 years' jail while Ritchie was ordered to serve at least 14 years.

Nathan Michael Beckton pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 11 years in prison with a minimum of nine.

Mr Johnson met his killers for the first time at a gathering of a fledgling gang called the Apaches he attended with a friend.

After an argument with Beckton that night, Mr Johnson was stomped on, verbally abused, kicked, struck with a slab of concrete and repeatedly run over with a car.

He was then driven to Lime Kiln Field, where Stephens shot him in the head.

Stephens and Ritchie appealed their convictions, while state prosecutors cross appealed Ritchie's sentence, claiming it was not harsh enough.

But on Friday, the Court of Appeal rejected the applications.

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