A-Team gang members fail in bid to escape long jail sentences for ‘Paul Massey revenge assault’

Two members of the Salford A-Team crime gang failed to avoid long prison terms for participating in the shooting of a young boy and his mother.

Carne Thomasson, 30, and Aldaire Warmington, 34, were sentenced to 28 and 25 years in prison, respectively, in 2019.

They were both found guilty of conspiracy to cause serious bodily harm in connection with the shooting and the conspiracy to distort the course of justice when they attempted to dump the Audi S3 getaway car. You were among the eight men convicted in connection with the attack.

Seven-year-old Christian Hickey and his mother Jayne, then 30, were hit in the legs in the shooting on October 12, 2015, on their doorstep in Winton, Eccles. The boy suffered life-changing injuries.

Christian Hickey in his hospital bed after being shot in the leg

In the Court of Appeals, Thomasson appealed his conviction and renewed a motion to appeal his sentence, while Warmington sought permission to appeal the length of his sentence.

However, the judges denied all three requests.

Thomasson is said to have been in the driveway of the Hickey House when a shooter shot his mother and son with a semi-automatic Heckler and Koch P7 pistol and fired at least three times.

The attack has been described as an attack on revenge for the July 26, 2015 murder of Paul Massey outside his Clifton home. He was killed with an Uzi submachine gun by Mark Fellows.

The murder of Mr Massey followed a series of shootings, stab wounds and a grenade attack on a home, which has been linked to a dispute between two rival criminal gangs.

Prosecutors said the first gang, the A-Team, was led by Stephen Britton and that Aldaire Warmington and Carne Thomasson were prominent members of the group. The second gang, the Anti-A-Team, was led by a man named Michael ‘Cazza’ Carroll.

They claimed Thomasson and Warmington had decided to select someone with strong ties to Mr. Carroll for an attack that would avenge Massey’s murder – and they chose Christian Hickey Sr., the boy’s father.

Carne Thomasson, 30, who was imprisoned for 28 years for his role in the shooting of a seven-year-old boy and his mother

In court, Jayne Hickey said there was a knock on the window of her house at around 9:25 p.m. She opened the front door with her son and saw a man standing in her driveway, leaning against her golf car. He called: “Is your husband here?” and she replied ‘a second’.

She heard the man say ‘nah nah’ before a second man showed up and started shooting and hit them both. The shooter was never found.

The charge was that Thomasson was the first man and said “nah nah” to the shooter to indicate that he shouldn’t shoot because Christian Hickey Sr. was not in the door.

Thomasson denied that he did not match Mrs. Hickey’s description of the ‘nah nah’ man. His defense was that he was at home with his mother and her friend at the time of the shooting.

In interviews at the hospital where she needed major surgery, Ms. Hickey had told detectives that the man had hair over his ears, his face was marked with acne and “a little bumpy” and he looked young.

The gun that was used to shoot seven year old Christian Hickey Jr. and his mother Jayne

Ms. Hickey later said she saw an article on the website of a national newspaper about the arrest of Carne Thomasson, Stephen Britton and Declan Gorman in Spain on February 16, 2016, with a loaded Browning pistol, ammunition and a weight vest from police were confiscated. It was alleged that they were in Spain to find and kill Michael Carroll.

The report included a 2013 police custody photo of Thomasson that Ms. Hickey immediately recognized as the man who had confessed on their drive.

Michael Carroll said in court that he was the leader of the Anti-A-Team crime gang

However, Thomasson suggested at his trial that his name had been given to her by Michael Carroll, who wanted to frame him.

At the Court of Appeal, Simon Csoka, QC, said for Thomasson that Jayne Hickey’s description did not match Thomasson because he had cut a crew at the time and had no facial blemishes or markings.

He argued that the identification flaws were so unreliable that it was “dangerous” evidence.

Carne Thomasson was found guilty of conspiracy to induce GBH and conspiracy to distort the course of justice

However, when Lord Justice Fulford, who was sitting with Ms. Justice McGowan and Mr. Justice Fordham, dismissed Thomasson’s appeal against his conviction, he said that Ms. Hickey’s identification documents were bad and should have been ruled out as “unreasonable”.

Thomasson had also alleged that his sentence of more than 23 years and an extension of five years was excessive and unjustified.

To deny Thomasson’s permission to appeal his judgment, Lord Justice Fulford said Thomasson, who admitted being a drug dealer who changes five to ten pounds a week, is dangerous and requires an extended sentence. He added: “Carne Thomasson’s behavior in transporting firearms out of Manchester constitutes, in itself, significant crime.”

There were also aggravating features of the shooting at the Hickeys: it was home with the victims; there were two victims; The physical and psychological injury to both was severe and long-lasting. and the crime was committed as a result of conspiracy rather than an individual, the court heard.

Aldaire Warmington, who appealed his verdict, argued that there was no evidence for the judge in the process to conclude that he was a senior A-Team.

Aldaire Warmington, who was imprisoned for 25 years after being convicted of aggravated assault with intent and conspiracy to distort the course of justice

When Judge Fulford denied his petition to appeal his judgment, which had previously been denied by a single judge, he said, “We agree that the single judge … was entitled to conclude that he was a senior member of the A team and influenced others.

“The judge also had the power to conclude that he played a particularly leading role in the hickey shootout and was responsible for getting others involved in it.”

He added: “In that regard, unlike Carne Thomasson, his distance from any offense was a particularly telling trait. By staying away from events, he was able to remotely control others and the unfolding events in his remarkable position.” of authority. “

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