Shooting case: ‘dirty work’ claim admitted

Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Accrington
Police officers at the scene of the shooting in Accrington

The man alleged to have fired the gun which showered a man with more than 100 pieces of pellet has admitted he had previously paid his co-accused to “do his dirty work.”

But Donovan Wallace, 26, maintains he did not conspire with Kevin King, 30 and Jack Wilding, 20, to murder Mark Walsh, 35, in an alley behind his home in Accrington.

When you didn’t like someone you got Jack to do your dirty work, and that dirty work was putting in windows. For that he got £20 here and £20 there

Giving his evidence from the witness box at Preston Crown Court, Wallace, of Lodge Lane, Lytham, admitted lying to the police to distance himself from the shooting.

In an interview shortly after the attack – in which Mark Walsh sustained hearing damage and more than 80 wounds to his head, neck and body – Wallace told officers he had been asleep in his wagon near Walton Summit in Preston on the night of January 12.

However he later claimed he had agreed to give Jack Wilding, of no fixed address, a lift so he could go and break a man’s windows.

Michael Shorrock QC, prosecuting, asked Wallace: “When you didn’t like someone you got Jack to do your dirty work, and that dirty work was putting in windows. For that he got £20 here and £20 there.”

“Yes,” replied Wallace.

Mr Shorrock said: “You were scared to do it yourself and you employed someone six and a half years younger to do it?”

Wallace accepted he did.

But when asked what the arrangement was on January 12, Wallace told the court Wilding had contacted him and asked him to help.

Mr Shorrock said: “The man you describe as a tramp in your police interview, six and a half years younger than you, who you use to do your dirty work, is now asking you to do his dirty work? And you are going to assist him in this dirty work?”

“Yes,” replied Wallace.

Wallace and King, both of Lodge Lane, deny attempted murder and all three defendants deny conspiracy to murder.

However Wallace told the court: “I do not have a problem with Mark Walsh.”

He insisted he had told the police he was in his wagon as he had not wanted King to learn he had been into Accrington to help Wilding and was scared of being arrested and remanded.

When he was arrested on January 14 at Cobham Service Station on the M25, Wallace told officers: “It’s Kev you’re after but he was in the south. His phone will tell you that.”

However Wallace now claims he does not remember making the comments recorded in the arresting officer’s pocket notebook.

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