UPDATED: Crossbow killer guilty of murdering pensioner in North Wales
- Terrence Whall: Murder - life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 31 years; Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice - six years concurrent
- Gavin Jones: Conspiracy to Pervert the Course of Justice - five years
- Darren Jones: Arson - 34 months
- Martin Roberts: Arson - 28 months
A sports therapist who shot dead a pensioner with a crossbow as he adjusted his satellite dish has been convicted of murder.
Terrence Whall, 39, visited the home of 74-year-old Gerald Corrigan the night before the planned killing to familiarise himself with the location.
He then returned to the retired lecturer’s remote farmhouse in Anglesey, North Wales, the following Good Friday morning on 19 April last year.
Whall lured his victim out by interfering with his satellite dish, then shot him with a crossbow bolt, damaging his spleen, stomach and intestine.
Mr Corrigan died of his injuries in hospital almost a month later on 11 May.
A Land Rover Discovery driven by Whall was found burnt out weeks after the killing at a quarry in Bangor.
Whall, who lived with his female partner, claimed evidence placed him at the scene only because he was having sex with a man in a nearby field at the time of the killing.
But that defence was rejected by the jury, which found him guilty after a month-long at Mold Crown Court.
Co-defendant Gavin Jones, 36, was convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after a trial in respect of the Land Rover’s disposal. Martin Roberts, 34, Darren Jones, 41, pleaded guilty to arson earlier in court proceedings.
Karen Dixon, of the CPS, said: “Whall planned what he was going to do and carried out a cold-blooded killing.
“Crossbows are deadly, silent weapons that can cause horrific injuries, which in this case proved fatal.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim today, as they have been throughout the court process. We thank them for their strength and support.”
Sentencing of the four men is expected to take place on 28 February 2020.
How the killer was caught
The crossbow bolt used was recovered by one of the paramedics who attended. This was the first piece of evidence from the scene and led North Wales Police to investigate recent crossbow purchases.
The search eventually led them to Terrence Whall.
Karen Dixon, of the CPS, said: “The case was really unusual in that there was no suspect at the start, only one piece of evidence to follow.
“We had to use the various fragments of evidence to build a picture for the jury, demonstrating how they were connected.
“The telematics evidence from the Landrover was key in showing that Terrence Whall was not only at the location at the time, but that he had visited the night before, checking the area.
“Even though the car was burnt out, it did not prevent us from obtaining and using this important data, which even told us how long the boot was open when the killer took the crossbow out.”
Notes to editors
- Karen Dixon is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales
- Terence Michael Whall (DOB: 4/8/80) was convicted of murder following trial
- Martin Wayne Roberts (DOB: 28/2/85); Darren Dennis Jones (DOB: 20/4/78) pleaded guilty to arson (3/6/19)
- Gavin Jones (DOB: 4/4/83) was found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice following trial.