A driver has been put behind bars for helping the killers of a takeaway boss who was gunned down as he worked at his shop.
Jason Errington gave a lift to Michael McDougall and Michael Mullen so they could "lie low" after the murder of dad-of-two Tipu Sultan at his family-run Herbs and Spice takeway, in South Shields in April 2015.
Mr Sultan, who lived in Sunderland, died after being blasted in the neck with a sawn-off shotgun by murderer McDougall.
The gunman had been taken to and from the scene by getaway driver Michael Mullen on the back of a motorbike, which was later found burnt out.
Newcastle Crown Court heard within six minutes of the murder, Errington had been contacted by the killers, asking for help.
He then travelled from his home in Jarrow, collected the killers from a house in Whitburn, where they were hiding the motorbike and gun, and drove them to a house two-and-a-half miles away, in Quarry Lane, South Shields.
Errington, formerly of Lulworth Avenue, Jarrow, pleaded guilty to two charges of assisting an offender with intent to impede their apprehension or prosecution, on the basis he did not realise the McDougall and Mullen had been involved in a killing and the men did not have the gun with them when he gave them a lift.
Prosecutor Graham O'Sullivan told the court Errington's involvement set back an already complicated investigation.
Mr O'Sullivan said the killers were not taken a great distance away by Errington but he added: "They did not have to stay at the address with the bike, they could put distance between themselves and the bike."
Mr Justice Males jailed Errington, who the court heard has been a frequent visitor to McDougall in Durham Jail, for two years.
The judge said:
Barry Robson, defending, said Errington, who has health problems, is not heavily convicted and had been at home when he received the call for help.
Mr Robson said:
At a previous hearing McDougall, 47, of Hylton Avenue, South Shields was jailed for 34 years after being found guilty of Mr Sultan's murder as well as two charges of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Mullen, 24, of Hawthorne Avenue, South Shields, was cleared of murder but was locked up for 12 years after found guilty of manslaughter.