Hickey shooting trial verdicts

21 March 2019, 15:12 | Updated: 21 March 2019, 16:07

Greater Manchester Police

Three men are facing long jail sentences over the botched gangland hit that left a seven-year-old boy and his mother shot down on their doorstep.

Christian Hickey Jr and his mother, Jayne, were blasted in the legs with a Heckler & Koch P7 self-loading pistol as they answered the door to their house in Winton, Salford, in October 2015.

Both were left seriously injured lying in a pool of blood in the hallway of their home, one bullet passing through Mrs Hickey's leg into her son's, stood behind her.

They were the victims of a major Salford organised crime gang known as the A-Team, involved in drugs, violence and extortion, Manchester Crown Court heard.

The attack was a revenge mission for the "execution" of Salford "Mr Big" Paul Massey three months earlier - also gunned down on his doorstep, with an Uzi machine gun by a splinter faction of the gang.

A jury on Thursday convicted six alleged members of the A-Team for involvement in the shooting of the Hickeys following a two-month trial.

Carne Thomasson, 28, Christopher Hall, 49, and Aldaire Warmington, 32, were each cleared of a count of conspiracy to murder but convicted of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

John Thomasson, 49, was cleared of both conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and perverting the course of justice.

James Coward, 22, Dominic Walton, 26, and Lincoln Warmington, 32, were each convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by getting rid of the stolen Audi S3 car used in the attack.

Two other men, John Kent, 54, and Jacob Harrison, 26, were convicted of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent for involvement in an earlier shooting of a rival by the same gang.

Kent's daughter in the public gallery burst into tears as the jury foreman delivered the verdicts following nine hours and 36 minutes of deliberations.

All nine will be sentenced by trial judge Mr Justice Popplewell at a date yet to be fixed.