Local News & Archive — May 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm — Updated: May 16, 2017 at 1:15 pm

Prosecution sums up in Mark Mason murder trial


Family photo: North Wales Police

A prosecutor in the trial of three men accused of killing Mark Mason in Rhyl has claimed the defendants were ‘evasive’ when giving evidence.

James Davies (21) of Stoneycroft, Anthony Baines (31) of Kensington and Mark Ennis (30) of Walton, all deny the fatal stabbing of the father-of-two outside Home Bargains and maliciously wounding two other men last October.

A fourth man, Jake Melia (21) from Aintree, has already pleaded guilty to all charges and is awaiting sentence.

Summing up the prosecution’s case, Paul Lewis QC told the jury at Mold Crown Court that the defendants had been only prepared to say what would not hurt themselves or their fellow gang members.

The trial had previously heard claims of a local ‘turf war’ between rival drugs gangs known as the Pensarn Crew and Marco’s Crew.

Mr Lewis QC said witnesses had heard voices from people shouting ”stab him, stab him, kill him, kill him” and no one heard any cries of ”put that knife away”. He added that although there was no direct evidence of Ennis or Baines having a knife, nobody had been prepared to say much at all.

Mr Lewis concluded that if the men had not stabbed Mr Mason themselves, they would have been encouraging their fellow gang members to do so and in each case, all three were guilty.

Earlier on Monday, Davies had been cross-examined about why a knife he carried had been found taped underneath a coffee table at his girlfriend’s home in Cheshire.

Davies claimed he had merely used the knife to carve a pumpkin but did not know or why it had been taped underneath. He said he had left two knives on the table – one he used for fishing and another belonging to his partner.

The trial was due to hear the closing argument from the defence on Tuesday.






Sources: Daily Post / Liverpool Echo

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