Man ad­mits role in drive-by shoot­ing

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Man Admits Role In Drive-by Shooting - BY OLIVER CLAY [email protected]­i­tymir­ @Oliv­erClayRWWN

AHOODLUM from Widnes has ad­mit­ted tak­ing part in a drive-by shoot­ing in Run­corn – but de­nied be­ing the trig­ger man.

Sean An­thony Mead­ows, 29, of Ox­ford Road, Widnes, ap­peared at Ch­ester Crown Court on Tues­day, where he pleaded guilty on the day of trial to one count of pos­sess­ing a firearm, namely a shot­gun, with in­tent to cause fear of vi­o­lence.

Mead­ows was charged af­ter a shot was fired at a sil­ver car at the bend be­tween Bridge Street and Heath Road in Run­corn at about 8.25am on Tues­day, June 19.

His plea was on the ba­sis that he was in the shooter’s ve­hi­cle when the gun was fired but that he did not pull the trig­ger.

Brett Wil­liamson, pros­e­cut­ing, said it was ac­cepted that Mead­ows had hid­den the firearm in Rock Park nearby af­ter the in­ci­dent. He said the Crown would not con­test the plea ba­sis.

His Hon­our Judge David Hale, pre­sid­ing, said ‘there was no ev­i­dence’ that Mead­ows was the shooter but that there was ev­i­dence he took the shot­gun from the car af­ter it had been used and hid it in the park.

The weapon was never found.

Tom Wat­son, de­fend­ing, said he would be seek­ing 10% credit for his client’s guilty plea.

Mead­ows was re­manded into cus­tody to ● be sen­tenced on a date to be fixed.

The de­fen­dant was charged on June 21, two days af­ter the shoot­ing on June 19 when armed po­lice swooped on the junc­tion of Hal­ton Road and Bridge Street.

Armed po­lice at the scene af­ter a shot­gun was dis­charged

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