Three men have gone on trial accused of killing a Rhyl father-of-two.
Anthony Baines (30) of Kensington, James Davies (20) of Stoneycroft and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton all deny the murder of Mark Mason outside Home Bargains on Marsh Road last October. A fourth man, Jake Melia (21) of Aintree, was also believed to be involved in the incident.
Prosecutors told the jury at Mold Crown Court that Mr Mason had been involved in a drugs ”turf war”. He was said to have been a member of a gang known as ‘Marco’s Crew’ and had been stabbed by a rival gang as he sat in the passenger seat of a van. He died in hospital after suffering more than twenty stab wounds.
The court heard the defendants had been members of the so-called ‘Pensarn Crew’, led by Baines, which had become involved in drug dealing on The Cob near Marine Lake. They had allegedly run their operation from a flat on Wellington Road.
Davies and Melia had been attacked in an earlier incident, believed to have involved Mr Mason and another man. It was believed the assault had led to a revenge attack, described as ”swift and vicious”.
The defendants are also accused of stabbing two other men, Justin Trickett and Sam Illidge, as they tried to escape the scene. The prosecution told the jury that it mattered not who attacked whom as Baines, Davies and Ennis all bore joint responsibility for Mr Mason’s murder.
Later, when the court was shown CCTV footage, it was claimed four men, driving in a BMW car, had sought our Mr Mason and two other men as they travelled in a white Renault van. There had been shouts of ‘stab him’ as the car cornered the van and the defendants ran to attack Mr Mason.
Footage was also shown of Davies and Melia walking along Wellington Road in ”visibly wet and muddy” clothes. It was alleged they had armed themselves with kitchen knives and were seeking revenge for what they believed was an attack by Mr Mason and Mr Illidge.
The trial is expected to continue for up to five weeks.
Source: BBC Cymru Wales