Who was Paul Massey, when was he murdered in Salford and what crimes had he been imprisoned for? | The Sun

GANGSTER Paul Massey was one of Manchester's most famous criminals and businessman.

He was killed in Salford in 2015, in an attack which also saw the murder of an associate of his. But who was he? This is what we know.

Who was Paul Massey?

Massey was a well-known figure in his home city of Salford and had been involved in security firms operating in Manchester and beyond.

His fearsome reputation grew during the drug-fuelled 90s rave scene in Manchester.

Massey had first been dubbed "Mr Big" by a local councillor in Salford following civil disturbances in the city in the 1990s.

He was later jailed for 14 years for a savage knife attack outside a nightclub in Manchester city centre.

When were John Kinsella and Paul Massey killed?

Dad-of-five Massey, 55, was gunned down outside his home in the Clifton area of Salford in July 2015,

he killer was reported to have been wearing military style fatigues and carried a weapon "similar to a sub machine gun".

His pal John Kinsella, 53, was shot dead in St Helens, Merseyside, on May 5 while walking his dog along the M62.

The gunman, who was on a pedal bike, also fired at the victim's partner as she fled the scene.

Who has been found guilty over the deaths?

Murder squad detectives arrested three people over the murders of mob fixer Kinsella and Massey, an underworld "Mr Big".

Mark Fellows, 38, nicknamed "The Iceman", was found guilty of both murders after a six-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

His co-accused Steven Boyle was found guilty of Kinsella's murder but cleared of murdering Massey.

Fellows receive a whole life sentence for the killings, and saw a later appeal dismissed.

Who was John Kinsella?

Kinsella was a mob fixer who claimed to have stopped a gangster terrorising former Liverpool FC footballer Steven Gerrard.

Originally from Everton, the "enforcer" had the audacity to use legal aid to appeal a jail stretch while on the run, managing to get his sentenced reduced.

In 2008, Kinsella, a martial arts expert,  was one of four men accused of taking part in a robbery at a haulage depot in Grantham.

More than £41,000 worth of detergent, Pringles and Easter eggs were stolen in the heist.

Following a 130mph police chase, Kinsella was captured on the outskirts of Greater Manchester.

He always denied the allegations, claiming at his trial that he was only in the area to collect a £100,000 debt.

Kinsella went on the run moments before the jury at Lincoln Crown Court found him guilty of the robbery.

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