Local News & Archive — May 24, 2017 at 11:48 am — Updated: May 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Man found guilty of Mark Mason murder


Family photo: North Wales Police

A Liverpool man has been found guilty of the murder of Mark Mason.

James Davies from Stoneycroft denied the fatal stabbing of the father-of-two outside Home Bargains last October – the 20 year-old was convicted unanimously by a jury following five days of deliberations at Mold Crown Court.

Anthony Baines (30) from Kensington and Mark Ennis (30) from Walton were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter. Baines, said to be the leader of a drug dealing gang known as the Pensarn crew, was found guilty by a majority verdict.

A fourth man, Jake Melia from Aintree, admitted all charges, including maliciously wounding two other men, Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge, with intent. Baines was also convicted of unlawful wounding, while Ennis and Davies were cleared.

The trial heard Mr Mason had been killed in a ”turf war” between rival drug gangs in Rhyl – he died in hospital after suffering 22 stab wounds. The three defendants had run their operation from a ‘safe house’ at a flat on Wellington Road.

All four men will be sentenced during a three-day hearing – they were remanded in custody until a later date.

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