Gangsters found guilty of murder following rival feud

|News, Violent crime

A 38-year-old man has today (16 January) been convicted of the murders of Paul Massey and John Kinsella who were shot dead in separate incidents almost three years apart in a gangland feud.

A second man has also been convicted of the murder of John Kinsella.

Mark Fellows was the gunman in both incidents while Steven Boyle, 35, acted as a 'spotter' for him in the shooting of John Kinsella. A jury at Liverpool Crown Court found him jointly responsible for that murder.

The court heard that Fellows shot Mr Massey on the driveway of his home in Salford in July 2015. Three years later, in May 2018, Fellows shot Mr Kinsella in the back and in the head on a track close to the M62 in Rainhill, Merseyside. Mr Kinsella’s partner, who was with him at the time, managed to escape onto the motorway’s hard shoulder and call for help.

On that occasion Boyle waited in a car nearby to spot the couple as they walked their dogs and to provide back-up as a getaway should Fellows have needed it.

Both victims were killed following a feud between rival gangs in Salford. They were friends and were well-known within the gangland of the North West. They were associated with a gang called the A-team while Fellows and Steven Boyle were connected to a rival criminal gang.

Rebecca Macaulay-Addison, from the CPS, said: “Paul Massey and John Kinsella were killed in cold blood in broad daylight as a result of a longstanding feud between rival gangs.

“Even though Mark Fellows was the gunman in the shootings, Steven Boyle knew exactly what was going to happen when he killed John Kinsella, and played a crucial supporting role in that murder.

"The CPS presented a wealth of evidence to the jury including witness statements, analysis of telephone data and the use of encrypted phones, forensic evidence and extensive CCTV. We proved there were clear parallels between the crimes and that Fellows was responsible for killing both men, assisted by Boyle in the murder of John Kinsella.

“The CPS will continue to work tirelessly with police forces to prosecute and bring to justice those who are prepared to actively engage in organised crime, carry weapons and commit violent crimes in our neighbourhoods.”

Notes to editors

  • Rebecca Macaulay-Addison is a Specialist Crown Prosecutor in the CPS North West Complex Case Unit.

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