Liverpool news Jury told brothers shot 'wrong man' in deadly 'revenge' attack MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Prosecutors allege James and Michael Foy killed Michael Rainsford after the window of their Seaforth home was smashed. A jury has been told Mr Rainsford played no role in that incident

Liverpool news Jury told brothers shot 'wrong man' in deadly 'revenge' attack MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Prosecutors allege James and Michael Foy killed Michael Rainsford after the window of their Seaforth home was smashed. A jury has been told Mr Rainsford played no role in that incident

Liverpool news  Jury told brothers shot 'wrong man' in deadly 'revenge' attack MetiNews.Com
13 January 2021 - 18:32

Breaking News ! Two brothers linked to a violent street gang killed a man over the mistaken belief he had smashed a window while their mum was home alone, a court was told. Prosecutors allege James and Michael Foy travelled to Michael Rainsford's address before one climbed into his back garden and shot him twice. The 20-year-old died as a result of the gunshot wounds. The brothers deny charges of murder, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate in relation to the April 7 attack, which came less than an hour after their Rossini Street home in Seaforth was targeted. Opening the case against them David McLachlan, QC, told Liverpool Crown Court: "It is the prosecution case that only one of the boys pulled the trigger, James Foy or Michael Foy, twice, but the other was there, fully involved in this act of supposed retribution. "But the fact is that Michael Rainsford was not at or near Rossini Street when the window was put in." The jury was told the murder suspects' mum, Joyce Smith, heard a "loud bang" when the front window of their home was smashed at around 10.14pm. Mr McLachlan said that, rather than call police, her immediate response was to call James. He then contacted Michael. He continued: "The Foy brothers were not going to stand for this. Their mum’s front window was put in. They were going to do something about it." Find out where you can receive the Covid-19 vaccine by typing your postcode below Mr McLachlan said mobile phone evidence suggested the brothers met up before returning home, where a passing PC reported the sight of two males with a scrambler bike at 10.55pm. Constable Jane Greer requested the support of patrols in the belief the bike had been stolen. When they arrived the males and the bike had left. When asked about the men that had been outside her home, Smith told police: “The lads outside will be Michael and James. They have got a red electric bike and it looks like a scrambler bike.” The prosecution claim mobile phone data showed the pair moving together towards Litherland. A Snapchat video featuring an electric bike similar to the one the brothers owned - and with a key fob from the shop that had originally sold their vehicle - was streamed from an account linked to James. The image included the words: “Tell ye mar duck don’t use bricks". Two "flash" symbols accompanied the words. Minutes later two bullets smashed through the kitchen window of Mr Rainsford's Harrington Road home, killing him. Read More Related Articles Trial updates as brothers accused of murdering Michael Rainsford Mr McLachlan said: “Joyce Smith has called her son James first off.

. The CCTV and cell site [evidence] puts them meeting up on the outskirts of Waterloo before they travel back together on an electric bike to Rossini Street to assess the damage. "The police saw two lads outside and call for backup so that any escape routes can be blocked off but it was too late... the two lads, James and Michael Foy, left the scene together on the orange electric bike and where did they go? Well, they head up in the direction of Litherland. "At some point a Snapchat message goes out there from an account, a storyboard, associated with James Foy, and its terms could not be any more clear, they were in fact crystal clear... They were looking to shoot someone." Mr McLachlan told jurors: "The prosecution case is that they both arrived at Harrington Road, Litherland, on an electric bike. "The rider waited outside the address whilst the other climbed over the garden gate to the back garden of [the home], and lay in wait for his target with a loaded gun. Floral tributes and forensics officers on Harrington Road where Michael Rainsford was killed (Image: Liverpool Echo) "And his target was Michael Rainsford and the mission, sadly, was a successful one because Michael Rainsford was shot not once, but twice, and he was shot dead whilst in the back kitchen of his own home in Litherland. "During the course of this case you will hear why the Foys, say the prosecution, shot Michael Rainsford. And you will hear that Michael Rainsford was not involved in any earlier incident which led to the shooting in this case." The jury was told that two rival gangs, the Linacre Young Guns (LYG) and the Kirkstone Riot Squad (KRS), had feuded in South Sefton over recent years. The LYG was typically based in the Bootle, Seaforth and Litherland area, while the KRS was linked to Litherland. Both gangs had been linked to shootings. Inspector David Uren, who has spent 14 years covering Sefton for Merseyside Police, told the court the dispute often turned violent and that both James and Michael Foy "have been associated with the Linacre Young Guns”. Michael Rainsford, 20 (Image: Rainsford family) In the aftermath of the shooting, it is alleged Smith tried to cover for her sons by disposing of the SIM card from the phone she had used to contact them. Their neighbour Andrea Saunderson is accused of storing clothing and the murder suspects' uncle, Craig Johnson, is accused of storing the electric bike. All three attempted to "thwart" the police investigation into Mr Rainsford's murder, Mr McLachlan claimed. Smith, 46 and of Rossini Street, Johnson, 39 and of Willard Drive in Bootle, and Saunderson, 48 and of Rossini Street, each deny an allegation of perverting the course of justice. James Foy also denies a separate charge of possessing a prohibited firearm in relation to a gun found in Bootle in November 2019. Proceeding

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Liverpool news Jury told brothers shot 'wrong man' in deadly 'revenge' attack MetiNews.Com


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Liverpool news Jury told brothers shot 'wrong man' in deadly 'revenge' attack MetiNews.Com


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