A hitman accused of murdering a notorious criminal named him "Mr. Big "in 2015 and his colleague three years later was sentenced to life imprisonment after police were able to detect his movements with his GPS-enabled running watch.
Mark Fellows, 38, also known as "The Iceman", shot Paul Massey, nicknamed "Mr. Big" and his co-worker John Kinsella as part of a feud between rival gangs in Salford, UK, the BBC reported.
Massey, 55, a fifth father, was shot dead outside his Salford residence in July 2015. The Liverpool Crown Court jury heard that Massey had been shot at 18 attempts while trying to find cover.
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Three years later, Kinsella, 53, Massey's "Mob-Fixer" employee, was walking with his pregnant partner Wendy Owen on a walk near their home in Rainhill, Merseyside, with his dogs as Fellows shot him down. He shot Kinsella twice in the back and once in the back of his head.
The detectives were able to catch the most important evidence from Fellows, a cyclist and runner, after they grabbed his Garmin Forerunner watch and track GPS positions, the BBC reported. After a raid on Fellow's apartment, the police discovered the clock and could track the data that showed him where Massey was killed, the Washington Post reported. The media company reported that it wore the device in 2015 during the Great Manchester Run when it had acquired the item at the time of its killing.
Fellows was "convicted of the two murders on Wednesday but found guilty of attempting to kill Owen," the Guardian said. He was sentenced on Thursday.
Before Fellows were led away, he shouted, "I did not shoot Wendy Owen. She is lying."
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36-year-old Steven Boyle, who was seen as the Fellows' "brother in arms" and accused of serving as a lookout in Kinsella's murder, was found guilty of murder. He was sentenced to life imprisonment for which he served at least 33 years. He was freed from Massey's murder and the attempted murder of Owen.
Despite his nickname "Mr. Large "Massey stood at an average height of 5 feet and 8 inches and was known in Greater Manchester for selling drugs in the 1990s.