The dad who framed his own son for murder
her brother had been killed – and Laura holt, 28, from accrington, was appalled as she learned how...
when Lee became a dad, he was a natural, doted on his little girl
Long before he had kids of his own, I knew my brother Lee would be a great father – caring, funny, protective.
It’s how he was with me. He was five years older, and though we bickered as kids, heaven help anyone who picked on me in school.
And if I was ever feeling low, out came his silly sense of humour, putting a smile back on my face.
So, when Lee grew up and became a dad for real, he was a natural.
His little girl Alecia was born in December 2014, and Lee doted on her. Even when he and her mum broke up, he’d see her as much as he could.
I had kids of my own – Darci was born in October 2010, and Ava four years on – so we’d take the girls out together. And in October 2016… ‘I’ve met someone,’ Lee said, his face lighting up as he told me about Kate, 33, a single mum to Callum, 14.
‘It’s nice to see you happy,’ I said. ‘I can’t wait to meet her.’
When I did, Kate and I soon became firm friends. She was friendly, fun, a devoted mum. One day, she looked worried as we were having a chat... ‘Callum’s having bother with a lad at school,’ she said. I listened, sympathetic. ‘Lee’s worried, too,’ Kate said. ‘It’ll blow over,’ I said – and when I didn’t hear anything more, I assumed that it had. Over the next year, Lee and Kate got closer and we were always round each other’s.
One day in October 2017, I spent the day redecorating with my mum Marilyn, 50, and dad Kevin, 56, and around 7pm, they went home. But at 8.30pm, Kate rang, sobbing.
‘Lee’s been shot. Get to hospital now!’ she pleaded. Lee…shot?
‘They’re doing CPR. Get here now,’ Kate cried.
Racing from the house, I picked up Mum and told her what Kate had said.
Dad was in the bath, but said he’d be right behind us, and we sped to Royal Blackburn
There, a police officer ushered us into a family room. I saw Kate and Callum, looking shellshocked, speaking to another officer.
‘Lee was shot in the chest. He didn’t make it,’ the officer said. ‘No!’ Mum cried.
I guided her to a chair and, still in a daze, I called Dad and broke the devastating news.
He arrived minutes later
– it just didn’t feel real.
‘What happened?’ I asked the policewoman.
‘We can’t say much yet, while we’re investigating,’ she said.
But when Kate had finished speaking to the policeman, she came over to us, shaking.
She explained that she and Lee had seen some messages on Callum’s phone from a lad called Thomas Moseley, the one he was having trouble with at school.
‘It sounded like things might get out of hand between them,’ Kate said.
‘Lee and I wanted to put a stop to it.’
So they’d gone to Thomas’ house, hoped to speak to his parents to sort things out, but things had quickly spiralled.
We tried to
find out more, but the police had to take Kate to the station for questioning.
That night, Thomas Moseley, 14, was arrested for Lee’s murder, and was being questioned.
Shivers ran down my spine, as I imagined the boy firing a single fatal shot at my brother.
He’d ruined his own life, as well as ending Lee’s.
The next day, Thomas’ father Matthew was taken into custody, too.
For the next three days, busy trying to comfort Mum, I couldn’t even begin to process my own grief.
I worried about Alecia, too. She was at Mum’s every day, struggled with her emotions.
My heart broke, imagining her growing up without her dad.
Then, five days after the incident, the police called us to the station. They said they’d found 23 guns in the Moseley house. And then another shock…
‘Thomas has been released,’ an officer said. ‘We’ve charged his dad, Matthew Moseley with murder.’
We hadn’t been able to speak to Kate. So, on the day of Lee’s funeral, we said our final goodbyes not knowing how he ended up in that coffin.
More than 100 people came. Lee’s friends brought dozens of blue and white balloons, the colours of his football team, Blackburn Rovers.
Then we faced an agonising six-month wait before the trial.
We didn’t have much contact with Kate – we couldn’t, in case it jeopardised the court case. Finally, this April, we went to the trial at Preston Crown Court.
Matthew Moseley, 50, denied murder.
It was then we finally heard what had happened.
Eyewitnesses said they’d seen Lee, Kate and Callum arriving at the Moseleys’.
Kate banged on the front windows, while Lee kicked the door, shouting for someone to come out.
Meanwhile, inside the house, Thomas described watching his father take a gun from a cabinet and load it with three cartridges.
Then Matthew told his son to call the police and, 11 seconds into the 999 call, Lee was shot once in the chest.
What we heard next was truly appalling.
‘Tell them you’ve done it, because you can’t get done for it,’ Matthew said to Thomas.
He’d tried to frame his own son for murder...
Thomas agreed, thought he was protecting his dad – but, in custody, he broke...told the truth.
Matthew denied it at first, but he’d been heard talking to his son in a prison van, reassuring him as a minor he’d be OK and wouldn’t go to jail.
My parents and I looked at each other in horror. What kind of a father would try to pin a murder on his child?
It was impossible not to think of Lee, such a protective, selfless dad...
So unlike Moseley.
The vile man smirked on the stand, claiming he’d intervened when he saw his son aiming the weapon at Lee.
Matthew Moseley was unanimously found guilty, sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum of 26 years.
I squeezed Mum’s hand, tears welling. Kate was at the trial and gave evidence behind a screen, so she didn’t have to look at Moseley.
Poor Callum didn’t go. They’re trying their best to move on as a family, as are we.
As for Lee’s murderer,
I’ll never understand how a parent could frame his child to cover his own back.
If Matthew Moseley really wanted to avoid a life in prison, he should’ve considered the consequences.
Maybe then my brother would still be here today.
i’ll never understand how a parent could frame his child
The gun used... Forensics officers examined the area around the house
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My brother should be here today