Partner of Salford mobster still has ‘nightmares’ about seeing body

Partner of Salford mobster Paul Massey still has ‘nightmares’ about seeing his bullet-strewn body

  • ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey was shot at 18 times with an Uzi by hitman Mark Fellows
  • The gunman was given a rare whole-life term and will therefore die in jail
  • Three years later Fellows killed Massey’s friend and gain associate John Kinsella
  • Massey’s partner Louis Lydiate, still has ‘nightmares’ about seeing his body 

The partner of Salford mobster Paul Massey is still having ‘nightmares’ after seeing his bullet strewn body. 

Mark Fellows, 38, nicknamed ‘The Iceman’, murdered Salford mobster Massey with an Uzi machine gun outside his home in the city in July 2015.

Father-of-five Massey, 55, a notorious ‘Mr Big’ crime figure in Salford and beyond, was blasted at 18 times, hit five times and died on his doorstep.

Louise Lydiate, Massey’s partner of 30 years, told the Sunday Mirror: ‘I still have nightmares about the moment I saw Paul’s body.

Louise Lydiate was Paul Massey’s partner for 30 years and had ‘nightmares’ the moment she saw Paul’s body

Victims: John Kinsella (left), who helped footballer Steven Gerrard during a brush with gangsters, was murdered in May last year. ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey (right) was gunned down outside his home in 2015

‘You see it on films and in TV programmes but when you do it yourself, it’s horrific.

‘He was behind glass with just a white sheet over him showing his face.

 ‘I walked in and I remember screaming and falling to the floor.’

The 55-year-old added you could only see the body of the crime lord if you supplied a password.

Killers: Mark Fellows (left), was found guilty of the murders of Salford’s ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey and his mob enforcer, John Kinsella. His ‘brother in arms’ and ‘spotter’ Steven Boyle (right), 36, was found guilty of the murder of Kinsella but found not guilty of Massey’s murder

She added: ‘I didn’t want people coming to see him without my permission.

‘Every time someone came to visit me they would ring me and I’d decide if they could see him.

‘We didn’t want people walking in just to gloat.’ 

Mark Fellows was handed a whole life sentence for the murders of gangland ‘Mr Big’ Paul Massey and mob enforcer John Kinsella on Thursday last week.

Three years after Massey was killed his friend and gang associate John Kinsella, 53, a martial arts expert and mob enforcer from Liverpool, was murdered by Fellows in a second execution.

Paul Massey was given a huge funeral in Salford, Manchester following his death in 2015

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 The judge described Fellows as a contract killer, a ‘gun for hire, prepared to kill whoever you were asked to kill’.

He added: ‘I have never had to deal with a contract killer of your kind before. There are few judges who have. Just punishment in your case requires you to be kept in prison for the rest of your life.’

Fellows’ co-accused and ‘brother in arms’ Steven Boyle, 36, who acted as ‘spotter’ in the Kinsella murder, was jailed for life with a minimum term of 33 years before parole is considered.

Kinsella, whose help footballer Steven Gerrard called on to scare off a Liverpool gangster known as The Psycho who had been ‘terrorising’ him, was walking his dogs with his pregnant partner, Wendy Owen, near their home in Rainhill, Merseyside, on May 5 last year.

 Fellows cycled up, shooting his victim twice in the back with a Webley six-shot revolver. As Kinsella lay dying, the killer stood over him to fire twice more into the back of his head from close range.

Fellows was convicted of both murders on Wednesday following an eight-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Both victims, ‘notorious’ heavy criminals in gangland Manchester and Merseyside, were murdered as a result of a deadly feud between rival gangs in Salford – the A-Team, linked to the victims and a splinter faction the defendants were with.

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