A JURY has retired to consider verdicts on two alleged hitmen accused of the gangland execution of an underworld Mr Big and a mob enforcer.

Mark Fellows, 38, from Orford, who was known as the "Iceman", allegedly shot down Liverpool mob fixer John Kinsella then blasted his victim twice in the head from close range, as he was walking his dogs with his partner, Wendy Owen, near their home in Rainhill on May 5, last year.

Kinsella, 53, a gangland enforcer, came in to help the ex-Liverpool and England midfielder Steven Gerrard when he was in trouble, a jury heard during the seven-week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

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Fellows and co-accused, Steven Boyle, 36, are also accused of murdering Salford gangland "Mr Big" Paul Massey, 55, killed in a hail of bullets sprayed from an Uzi machine gun outside his home in Salford in 2015.

Fellows was the alleged gunman for both gangland hits, with Boyle acting as "spotter" or look-out and back-up.

Both men, originally from Salford, deny the murders and have suggested it was mere co-incidence they were allegedly in the vicinity of both shootings at the time.

Fellows, of Sandy Lane North, and Boyle, from Heywood, Rochdale, also deny the attempted murder of Ms Owen.

Trial judge Mr Justice William Davis told the eight men and four women jurors this morning, Wednesday: "To say this is a very serious case is to state the obvious.

"You have got as much time as you need. There is no pressure of time at all. How you get to your verdicts is your business and yours alone.

"What goes on in your deliberations will remain entirely confidential forever."

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Both victims had a "serious criminal history" and were "notorious" within gangland Liverpool and Manchester but gunned down in a "stone cold murder" the trial has heard.

They were associated with a Salford gang, the A team, at war with a splinter faction the defendants were with, it is alleged.

The jury was sent home at 4.15pm to resume deliberations tomorrow, Thursday morning.