Telephone threats to ex-partner before alleyway attack

Attempted murder on Maudsley St in Accrington.  CSI investigation.
Attempted murder on Maudsley St in Accrington. CSI investigation.
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A mum has told a court about telephone threats made by her ex-partner in which he told her she would be “pushing wheelchairs” when he shot her new partner.

Kevin King, 30, is accused of conspiring to murder Mark Walsh two years after he first made the threats to Chloe Goodbier.

The second (call) was that I was going to be pushing wheelchairs around because he was going to shoot Mark

Miss Goodbier told Preston Crown Court King – her partner of four years – was working abroad when she broke off their relationship in 2012.

She said: “He was crying on the phone when I told him but then I tried to stop communication.”

However shortly after Miss Goodbier started a new relationship with Mark Walsh, she received threatening phone calls from King.

She told the court: “I was at Mark’s and Mark was with me.

“The second (call) was that I was going to be pushing wheelchairs around because he was going to shoot Mark.”

Following the calls, in February 2012, King was made the subject of a two-year restraining order banning him from contacting Miss Goodbier.

But three years after receiving the calls, Mr Walsh was shot in the head when he went to investigate a disturbance outside his home in Maudsley Street, Accrington.

The prosecution alleges King, of Lodge Lane, Lytham, arranged for his friend Donovan Wallace, 26, also of Lodge Lane, to carry out the shooting along with Jack Wilding, 20, of no fixed address.

All three deny conspiracy to murder and Wallace and Wilding deny attempted murder. Miss Goodbier told the court how on January 12 she and her partner had been sitting on the sofa watching TV when they heard the dogs start barking.

Mr Walsh went out to investigate but when he came back to the house he had blood pouring from his head.

Miss Goodbier said: “There was blood squirting from his head and he couldn’t see properly. He was holding onto the wall. I was speaking to him and I thought at first he was ignoring me but he couldn’t hear me. I made him sit on the settee because he was half falling.

“He asked me to lock all the windows and doors. I locked the door.”

The couple tried to stem the bleeding from Mr Walsh’s head with tea towels while Miss Goodbier called 999.

As the operator asked the young mum questions to put to her partner Miss Goodbier wrote them down on paper as Mr Walsh was unable to hear what she said.

Mr Walsh was taken to Royal Preston Hospital where he was treated for more than 80 gunshot wounds to his head and more to his arms and back.

(Proceeding)