Gerrard helped out by mob enforcer gunned down in gangland execution


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A mob enforcer gunned down in a gangland execution once helped football star Steven Gerrard when he was in trouble, a court heard.

Notorious fixer John Kinsella, 53, stepped in to help the former Liverpool and England midfielder, 38, out of a spot of bother, a jury was told.

He was later shot dead in a hit allegedly carried out by Mark Fellows, 38, who was known as the Iceman.

Prosecutors say Fellows gunned Kinsella down while he was walking his dogs with pregnant partner Wendy Owen near their home in Rainhill, Merseyside, in May.



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Steven Gerrard

Once Kinsella was on the ground, Fellows allegedly blasted him twice in the head from close range in a “cold-blooded assassination”.

Kinsella and co-accused Steven Boyle, 36, are also accused of murdering gangland “Mr Big” Paul Massey.

The 55-year-old was killed in a hail of bullets from an Uzi sub-machine gun outside his home in Salford, Greater Manchester, in 2015.

Fellows, the alleged gunman for both hits and Boyle, claimed to be acting as the “spotter” or look-out and back-up, both deny the murders.



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Prosecutor Paul Greaney QC was questioning Boyle in the witness box yesterday, during the fifth week of the trial.

He asked said: “John Kinsella was strongly associated with Paul Massey?”

Boyle replied: “I would not have a clue, never heard of his name.”

Mr Greaney continued: “He’s quite a well-known person. Have you heard when Steven Gerrard, the Liverpool footballer, got into trouble, he came in to assist?”

Boyle replied: “No.”



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John Kinsella

Mr Greaney added: “Did Mark Fellows have a nickname? You have not heard him called Iceman?”

The defendant answered: “I don’t know.”

Kinsella and Massey are both said to have died as a result of being associated with a gang, the A Team, which was at war with a splinter group in Salford that Fellows and Boyle were attached to.

The trial at Liverpool crown court continues.

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