Dad tries to blame 14-year-old son for murder he committed, court hears

2018-04-19 12:24
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A dad from the UK allegedly tried get his 14-year-old son to take the blame for a murder because he thought the boy would get a lighter punishment.  

According to Mirror UK, it’s the state’s case that Matthew Moseley (50) gave his shotgun to his son Thomas after he (Moseley) had killed a man on the doorstep of his house.

Moseley is facing murder charges for killing Lee Holt (32), who had gone to the house to as part of an on-going clash between Thomas and Lee’s partner’s son that dates back to 2016.

Moseley allegedly shot Lee dead with his Beretta semi-automatic shotgun, before handing the weapon to his son.

"It is the prosecution’s case that Matthew Moseley, from the outset, has sought to manipulate his son into accepting responsibility for the shooting and the death of Lee Holt,” advocate Robert O'Sullivan told the court, The Telegraph reported.

“Thomas initially did just that, out of what you may think was loyalty and love for his father.”

The teenager was arrested and interviewed by the police “before the truth came out”.

The prosecutor said Moseley was putting emotional pressure on his son to take the blame.

Moseley made several calls to his son and wife Julia while awaiting trial in prison.

In one call he told Julia, “I weren't even f****** aiming. I just picked it up and bang,” according to Sky News.

In a separate call to Thomas, he told his son that prosecution was going to face a life sentence.

“They are going for life. You do realise that? They did explain that to you? I will never see you again. I will never, ever get out... because they coerced you into changing your statement."

The trial continues.

Sources: Mirror UK, Telegraph UK, Sky News

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