Gordon Cole QC and Nicola Daley successfully prosecute multi-handed murder

December 17, 2020

Gordon Cole QC (leader) and Nicola Daley from Exchange Chambers have successfully prosecuted a multi-handed murder case at Liverpool Crown Court.

Four men were yesterday handed life sentences for the murder of Stephen Maguire.

The 27-year-old was shot twice at around 11.30pm on Guildford Road, Birkdale, on March 16 when a gang raided him and his partner’s home and removed three motorbikes.

Despite Covid-19 restrictions, the trial was completed in 15-days with the jury returning guilty verdicts last Thursday 10 December 2020.

Patrick Moogan, 35, of Willow Way, Croxteth; Karl Corson, 28, of Columbine Close, Melling; Jack Higgins, 22, of Sedgemoor Road, Norris Green; and Ryan Smith, 21, of Colquitt Street, Liverpool city centre were found guilty of murder, two counts of kidnap, robbery and possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Corson was sentenced to life with a minimum of 33 years.

Smith was sentenced to life with a minimum of 32 years.

Higgins was sentenced to life with a minimum of 29 years.

Moogan was sentenced to life with a minimum of 30 years.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Wilson said: “It is pleasing to see today’s outcome, with these four men brought to justice for their involvement in what was the brutal killing of Stephen, in his home address. They will now spend a considerable portion of their lives in custody.

“We hope that these sentences provide at least some comfort to Stephen’s family and friends as they continue to deal with their grief at his sudden and tragic loss.

“This has been a complex and comprehensive investigation and we’re grateful for all of those people who have come forward with information and assisted, which has allowed us to bring about a successful prosecution.

“Criminals involved in gun crime have no regard for anyone else and Stephen Maguire paid the ultimate price for the reckless and violent actions of others.”