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Iceman loses appeal against whole life sentence

(Posted on 06/06/19)


Mark Fellows, nicknamed The Iceman, has lost an appeal of excessive sentence.

Convicted of the murders of Salford mobster Paul Massey in 2015 and Liverpool mob enforcer John Kinsella in 2018, Fellows was told by Mr Justice William Davies in January at Liverpool Crown Court that he would never be released. 

This week, Nick Johnson QC argued before the Court of Appeal, sitting at Manchester Crown Court, that Fellows’ crimes lacked the "professional hallmarks" of a contract killer and any "substantial" degree of pre-planning and were therefore not so "exceptional" as to deserve a whole life term.

But Paul Greaney QC, who prosecuted at trial, disagreed, saying the whole life term was "richly deserved and cannot be described as manifestly excessive", and Sir Brian Leveson considered the trial judge’s sentence to be correct.

Fellows joins 66 other offenders serving a whole life sentence in England and Wales, including serial killers Peter Sutcliffe and Rosemary West.