Drugs gang convicted of murder


Four men have been convicted of carrying out a brutal knife attack which left one man dead, resulting in a total of 78 and a half years imprisonment.

Marc Roy Mason was fatally stabbed as he sat in the passenger seat of a van parked outside the Home Bargains store on Marsh Road, Rhyl. Sam Illidge and Justin Trickett managed to escape alive.

James Davies was convicted of murder while Anthony Baines and Mark Ennis were found guilty of manslaughter. Baines was also convicted of wounding with intent in respect of Sam Illidge. Jake Melia had previously pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of wounding with intent.

The four men followed the van to the location looking for revenge for an earlier argument.

Iwan Jenkins of the Crown Prosecution Service said: "This attack was carried out in a public area with no concern for those who may have seen it.

"The sale of drugs was the catalyst for this crime and it highlights how damaging to the community this illegal activity continues to be.

"We would like to express our gratitude to all those who gave evidence. Consequently, their strength, and our joint work with North Wales Police, has resulted in the four men who carried out this violent act being brought to justice.

"Our thoughts are with the families of those involved."