Jurors begin deliberations in trial of four men accused of murder

Jurors in the trial of four men accused of the murder of Stephen Maguire have begun their deliberations.

The panel of 12 retired just after 1pm on Monday having sat through a 15-day case.

They were sent home just before 4.30pm and are due to continue their efforts to reach verdicts on Tuesday.

Mr Maguire was killed after being shot twice on the night of March 16 of this year.

The 27-year-old was hit in the leg and abdomen at the Southport home of his partner, Megan Haskayne.

Karl Corson, Ryan Smith, Jack Higgins and Patrick Moogan deny murder and a series of other allegations, including the kidnapping of two teenage boys and robbery of three motorbikes.

Judge David Aubrey, QC, concluded his summary of the evidence on Monday, focusing on what Smith, Higgins and Moogan told Liverpool Crown Court.

All three men said they were unaware of a gun on the night of the shooting, when all four suspects travelled to Southport in a stolen Mercedes.

They claimed the alleged kidnap victims were not forced to get inside the vehicle, and that it was those boys who brought up the bikes that Mr Maguire kept at Guildford Road and led them there.

A picture of Stephen Maguire released by his family
(Image: Merseyside Police)

Smith has accepted he threw a car battery through a window at the home, but said he did not know Mr Maguire had been shot until he read about it in the ECHO.

Higgins has argued he did not enter the garden of Ms Haskayne’s property and that he also only found out there was a shooting at that location when he later read an ECHO article on it.

Moogan said he remained in the Mercedes, which he only decided to drive from the scene after seeing the others run past him and fearing that, if he remained, he would be a “sitting duck”.

He said he discovered there had been a shooting that night when he was arrested in September.

Corson did not give evidence during the trial.

After summing up the evidence, judge Aubrey told the jury: “It is on that evidence, and that evidence alone, you must determine the issues of this case.”

Corson, 28, of Columbine Close, Melling; Smith, 21, of Colquitt Street, Liverpool city centre; Higgins, 22, of Sedgemoor Road, Norris Green and Moogan, 35, of Willow Way, Croxteth, each deny murder, two counts of kidnap, robbery, possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition without a certificate.

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