Infamous gangster John Kinsella, 53, a gangland ‘fixer’ is seen in an undated mug shot
Soccer star Steven Gerrard was helped by a mob enforcer who was later blasted to demise in a gangland execution by an murderer nicknamed the ‘Iceman’, a court docket has heard.
Infamous gangster John Kinsella, 53, a gangland ‘fixer’, got here in to assist the previous Liverpool and England midfielder when he was in bother, a jury at Liverpool Crown Court docket was informed.
Kinsella was later the sufferer of a ‘cold-blooded assassination’ allegedly carried out by Mark Fellows, 38, who was additionally known as the ‘Iceman’, the court docket heard.
Fellows gunned Kinsella down after which blasted his sufferer twice within the head from shut vary, prosecutors say, as he was strolling his canines together with his pregnant companion, Wendy Owen, close to their residence in Rainhill, Merseyside, in Could.
He and co-accused Steven Boyle, 36, are additionally accused of murdering gangland ‘Mr Large’ Paul Massey, 55, who was killed in a hail of bullets sprayed from an Uzi machine gun exterior his residence in Salford in 2015.
Fellows, the alleged gunman for each gangland hits, with Boyle performing as ‘spotter’ or look-out and back-up, each deny the murders.
On Tuesday, Boyle blamed Fellows for duping him into being a part of the second homicide and denied any half within the killing of Massey.
Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC started questioning Boyle within the witness field on Wednesday, throughout the fifth week of the trial.
Mr Greaney stated: ‘John Kinsella was strongly related to Paul Massey?’
Boyle replied: ‘I might not have a clue, by no means heard of his title.’
Mr Greaney continued: ‘He is fairly a widely known individual. Have you ever heard when Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool footballer, received into bother, he got here in to help?’
Boyle replied: ‘No.’
Mr Greaney added: ‘Did Mark Fellows have a nickname? You haven’t heard him known as Iceman?’
‘I do not know,’ the defendant replied.
Kinsella got here in to assist Steven Gerrard when he was in bother, a jury at Liverpool Crown Court docket was informed. The footballer is pictured managing Rangers on September 21
Each victims are stated to have died on account of being related to a gang, the A Group, at ‘warfare’ with a splinter group in Salford that the 2 accused had been hooked up to.
Mr Greaney requested Boyle if it was a ‘coincidence’ he was in the identical space on the identical time each males had been murdered.
He stated on the time he lived ‘5 minutes’ from Massey’s home and the second time he had been arrange by his long-term companion in crime Fellows.
He believed he was going to choose up drug cash from Fellows close to to Kinsella’s home, however as an alternative was handed the Webley revolver used to ‘execute’ him moments earlier, earlier than Fellows rode away on his bicycle.
Boyle stated Fellows knew ‘not to do that to me’ by getting him concerned, as a result of he confronted a protracted jail sentence if discovered with firearms once more.
Kinsella and co-accused Steven Boyle, 36, are additionally accused of murdering gangland ‘Mr Large’ Paul Massey (seen in an undated photograph)
In 2011 he had been arrested in possession of a loaded handgun, fitted with a silencer and 82 bullets.
The defendant stated the passenger in his automobile had been carrying the gun to get it fastened – however refused to call him.
Mr Greaney added: ‘It is one other coincidence? In 2011 somebody duped you into carrying a gun in your automobile and the identical factor occurred once more this 12 months?
‘Are you very gullible?’
Boyle replied: ‘Not gullible. I am completely happy to assist… however actually not in homicide.’
Mr Greaney recommended till yesterday, when Boyle first blamed Fellows for allegedly handing him the gun, the 2 had been ‘brothers in arms’ however added, ‘you could have damaged the code, you could have taken that step.’
He continued: ‘The killing was carried out by a person on a motorcycle like Mark Fellows, sporting clothes like Mark Fellows, Mark Fellows arrived with you minutes after the killing and gave you a gun that regarded just like the gun that killed John Kinsella.’
Mr Greaney stated there was ‘no different’ smart conclusion apart from Fellows being the killer.
Boyle replied: ‘Greater than probably, sure.’
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