British fugitive arrested after seven years on the run for fatal shooting in Spain

Police across Europe searched for David Ungi for years (Image: SWNS)

A 30-year-old man wanted in the fatal shooting of a teenager in Liverpool has been caught by Malaga police after a seven-year manhunt.

The National Crime Agency and police forces across Europe were looking for David Ungi over his alleged role in the death of 18-year-old Vinny Waddington.

The teenager was hit by a single shotgun while riding on the back of a Scrambler bike in 2015.

On Thursday, Ungi was caught with three other men entering a gym at a shopping center in Coin, Malaga.

The fugitive, who fled the UK hours after Mr Waddington’s death, is also wanted in connection with the supply of heroin in the Liverpool area.

When he was arrested, officers seized a 9mm Ruger firearm and ammunition from a backpack.

The extradition proceedings are underway after Ungi appeared in court in Malaga yesterday and was remanded in custody.

Detectives learned that the 12-gauge shotgun used to kill Mr Waddington was fired from the passenger window of an Audi A3 with three men ramming the motorcycle seconds earlier.

David Ungi. See SWNS story SWLEwanted. One of Britain's most wanted fugitives arrested by Spanish authorities ? after almost seven years on the run. David Ungi, 30, was arrested along with three other men on Thursday (May 5) as he entered a gym at a shopping center in Coin, Malaga. He was wanted in connection with the murder of Vinny Waddington, 18, who was shot dead on a motorbike in Liverpool in July 2015. The shooters used a 12-gauge shotgun and fired it at Vinny through the driver's seat of an Audi A3 before ramming his bike off the road.

He was arrested along with three other men entering a gym at a shopping center in Coin, Malaga (Image: National Crime Agency/SWNS.COM)


Ungi, 30, is now being extradited to the UK (Image: SWNS)

Two of the car’s occupants, owners Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate, are already serving life sentences for Mr Waddington’s murder, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court in 2016.

Steve Reynolds, Spain’s National Crime Agency regional manager, said: “Ungi is a very dangerous individual and his arrest is good news for the communities in Liverpool and Spain.

“These arrests would not have been possible without the close cooperation between police forces in the UK and our law enforcement colleagues in Spain and Portugal.

“There are still a number of refugees on our most wanted list and they should know that we never give up and are never far behind.”

Detective Chief Inspector Cath Cummings said: “Merseyside Police are relentless in pursuing criminals and will leave no stone unturned.

“We will continue to work closely with other law enforcement agencies both in the UK and abroad to track down those wanted for carrying out the most serious offences, and bring them to justice.”

Anyone with information about a fugitive on the NCA’s Most Wanted list is urged to call CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Alternatively, members of the public can fill out an anonymous online form through their website.

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