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‘Iceman’ assassin admits murdering Mr Big Paul Massey and friend

‘Iceman’ assassin, 38, finally admits murdering gangland Mr Big Paul Massey and his friend but whines he was acting in self-defence in chilling confession from behind bars

  • Mark Fellows shot dead Massey outside his home in Salfrod in 2015
  • He then killed John Kinsella as he walked his dogs in Rainhill, Merseyside in 2018
  • Fellows said he had ‘no choice’ to kill Massey because he tried to have him shot 

The assassin nicknamed the Iceman has finally admitted to two gangland murders which he will die in prison for but said in a 1,000 word confession behind bars that he was acting in self-defence.

Mark Fellows shot dead Mr Big Paul Massey outside his home in Salford in 2015 and then killed Massey’s best friend John Kinsella three years later. 

Fellows, 38, said nothing during his seven-week trial where jurors were told that he killed Massey with 18 bullets from an Uzi sub-machine gun. 

Assassin Mark Fellows, nicknamed the Iceman finally admitted the gangland murders of Mr Big Paul Massey and John Kinsella but said in a 1,000 word confession behind bars that he was acting in self-defence

He was similarly silent as the court heard how he fired two shots from a revolver into the skull of Kinsella, 53, in 2018.

On receiving a life sentence in the December trial at Liverpool Crown Court, Fellows was told that he would die behind bars. 

But in the confession reported by the Sunday People, Fellows, despite admitting killing both men, wrote that he was acting in self-defence and denied being a hitman – despite being paid £10,000 for the hits. 


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He said that the reason he shot Paul Massey was because ‘he tried to have me shot at the home I share with my partner and children.’ 

Massey would keep sending people to his home to kill him if he did not respond, Kinsella said.

‘He left me no choice. I had to protect my wife and children,’ he added.

Mark Fellows shot dead Mr Big Paul Massey outside his home in Salford in 2015 but said he had ‘no choice’ because Massey had tried ‘to have me shot’ 

The £10,000 found in his home by police was drug money, Fellows said, not payment for the murders.

Massey’s murder was unsolved until Fellows gunned down Kinsella in 2018, who had helped carry Massey’s coffin at his funeral.

Kinsella was executed in Rainhill, Merseyside on May 5 as he walked his dogs with his girlfriend.

Fellows then fled to Amsterdam just days later, passing the murder weapon to friend Steven Boyle, 35.

He was only convicted when, after his arrest on suspicion of both murders on return to Manchester on 30 May, detectives recovered data from his running watch, which confirmed his movements in the killings.

Massey’s murder was unsolved until Fellows gunned down Kinsella in 2018 in Rainhill, Merseyside as he walked his dogs with his girlfriend,=

It showed he had carried out a reconnaissance mission in the days leading up to Massey’s murder. 

Massey’s partner Louise Lydiate, 51, slammed Fellows’s delayed confession and questioned his reasons for finally admitting his crime.

She said: ‘ I don’t buy any of Fellows’s confession. It’s all about trying to get off his whole life sentence.

‘I find it so distressing. He’s known from the start – why put us through all this?’

At his sentencing, Mr Justice Davis described Fellows as a ‘gun for hire, prepared to kill whoever you were asked to kill’. 

Fellows then fled to Amsterdam just days later, passing the murder weapon to friend Steven Boyle, 35

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.’ 

However, Fellows said in his cell confession that Massey had tried to kill him when he encroached on Mr Big’s drugs patch. 

He recounted that Massey had sent a hitman to his home in 2015 but the gun he used failed to fire. 

Fellows, on license at the time from a robbery sentence, said detectives knew he was responsible for Massey’s murder and so had recalled him to prison. 

He claimed that Kinsella was offering £20,000 to whoever would stab him behind bars. 

Fellows was then released after 22 months and claimed Kinsella had promised revenge for his friend’s murder.  

After the evidence obtained from his watch, Fellows was found guilty of both murders while Boyle was convicted of Kinsella’s murder after acting as Fellows’ spotter. 

Yet last week Fellows launched an appeal against his sentence and has now rejected his Iceman nickname, saying ‘no one has ever called me the Iceman.’ 

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