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Sub-machine gun used to kill underworld boss in Salford, court told



A leading member of an underworld gang tried to hide behind bins as a gunman armed with a sub-machine gun fired 18 rounds at him, a court has heard.

Paul Massey 55, was attacked as he returned to his house in Salford on the evening of 26 July, 2015, carrying a bag containing Bacardi and two bottles of coke from a nearby Bargain Booze.

Two men allegedly from a rival gang – Mark Fellows, 38, and Steven Boyle, 35 – are accused of murdering Massey and his friend John Kinsella, 53.

It is claimed they were killed as part of a feud between rival gangs.

Witness Matthew Jones was in a car opposite the house as Massey was targeted.

“He watched as Paul Massey dived behind his bins, at which point the gunman walked up the drive and towards Paul Massey in order, as it seemed to Matthew Jones, to get a better shot at him,” Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, told Liverpool Crown Court.

Experts said the machine gun was probably an Uzi, and estimated that 18 shots had been fired.

Massey’s family broke down in tears as the jury was shown a photo in which his body could be seen in the distance.

Paul Massey was a notorious figure in Salford before he was shot dead in 2015
Massey was a notorious figure in Salford before he was shot dead in 2015

Kinsella was killed almost three years after Massey, in May this year.

In footage of a police interview shown to the court, Kinsella’s partner, Wendy Owen, said they had been walking their six dogs at about 6.45am in Rainhill, Merseyside, when she saw a man on a mountain bike and a “puff” sound from a gun.

Ms Owen, who now has a newborn baby, said she screamed and ran towards the man, who shot at her.

But the gunman was “cool” and focused on Kinsella, she said, adding: “He wanted to finish the job.”

Massey and Kinsella were part of a gang called the A Team, the court was told, while Fellows and Boyle were associated with another gang.

John Kinsella was killed in May while he was out walking his dog in St Helens. Credit: Lincolnshire Police
John Kinsella was killed in May while he was out walking his dogs. Pic: Lincolnshire Police

Mr Greaney claimed Fellows made a “reconnaissance run” on a bike to a field opposite Massey’s house in April 2015 – shown by a Garmin watch seized from Fellows after he was arrested.

In addition, a Skoda car he owned and a Berlingo van which the prosecution allege he was using at the time were seen near Massey’s home a number of times from 18 July, 2015, up until his murder, the court heard.

A Vauxhall Insignia allegedly driven by Boyle was seen following Mr Massey’s BMW as he returned home on the day of his murder, Mr Greaney said.

The QC told the court: “The patterns across the two murders are clear: Mark Fellows and Steven Boyle operating together; Mark Fellows the gunman and Steven Boyle the spotter and back up; Mark Fellows using a bike and Steven Boyle in the car.”

Fellows, from Warrington, and Boyle, from Heywood, deny the murders of Massey and Kinsella and the attempted murder of Ms Owen.

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