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Shooting of Lewis Williams in Mexborough was gang-related ‘planned execution’, court hears

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The shooting of Lewis Williams in Mexborough was a gang-related execution, a court has heard.

This was the theory put to the jury at the opening of the trial of five young men charged with the murder of Mr Williams on January 11 in Mexborough.

Ryan Nisbet, 20, Jack Parkes, 21, Joe Anderton, 18 and two others aged 17 and 16 who can’t be identified for legal reasons have been charged with the murder of Mr Williams on Wath Road.

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Mr Williams died as a result of gunshot wounds to his face and neck.

Footage of the shooting was played to the jury today (Tuesday) as the prosecution, led by Stephen Wood, opened the trial at Sheffield Crown Court.

The CCTV footage showed a Jaguar pull up next to Mr Williams as he was walking on the pavement with two others and him then hitting the ground after being shot.



Lewis Williams was shot dead in Mexborough on January 11
Lewis Williams was shot dead in Mexborough on January 11

The footage then shows the Jaguar drive off and one of the men run into a nearby shop shouting ‘call an ambulance now!’.

Addressing the jury, Mr Wood said: “There were five occupants in the car. The occupants were looking for a man called Lewis Williams and the Crown’s case is that the occupants were looking for Lewis Williams because he was a member of a rival gang.”

He said that the gun was fired from the front seat of the Jaguar and that it was ‘a matter of yards’ from Mr Williams, who suffered ‘catastrophic injuries to his head and neck’.

Mr Wood said Mr Williams was associated with a gang known as ‘PSB, which stands for Pittsmoor Shotta Boys’.

Mr Wood said: “The prosecution’s case is that each of the members of that car knew that they were searching for Lewis Williams. They knew there was a deadly weapon and they knew the gun would be used to shoot with the intention to kill Mr Williams.

“In other words this was a planned execution.”



Emergency services were in Mexborough on Monday after a man was shot dead
Emergency services after Lewis Williams was shot dead in Mexborough

Mr Wood went on to detail the build up to the shooting, which involved the threatening of a 14-year-old girl with the gun in the early hours of the morning of January 11.

The girl told police that the 17-year-old boy who is charged with murder threatened her after she overheard him talking to his cousin about killing Mr Williams with the weapon because he ‘broke my car’.

CCTV footage then showed the 17-year-old leaving in a black Audi at 6am from the house.

Footage was also shown of the same car pulling up next to a 16-year-old associate of Mr Williams later in the day on Main Street in Mexborough and an assault taking place, of which three of the men had pleaded guilty to.

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Mr Wood said: “From then arrangements were put in place to locate and shoot Lewis Williams later that day.”

Mr Wood then theorised that the group decided to switch the car and drive in a Jaguar to ‘retain the element of surprise’.

The Jaguar was filmed at a BP garage with the five men charged with murder at around 4pm. Mr Wood said that an item was passed at the site which he believed was the weapon that killed Mr Williams.

Police also recovered a number of mobile phones from the defendants after they were arrested, one of which had a photograph of a homemade “slam-gun” and cartridge, which was taken the night before the shooting.

The trial continues.

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Written by: Rother Radio News


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