Father who shot man dead with shotgun tried to blame his teenage son for the killing, court hears

A father who shot dead a man on the doorstep on his home following a dispute between their children then tried to blame his 14-year-old son for the killing, a court has heard.

Matthew Moseley, 50, allegedly “sought to manipulate” his son, Thomas, into saying he was responsible for the shooting in Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington, Lancashire.

Preston Crown Court heard how the victim, Lee Holt, 32, had visited the address last October as part of an ongoing row between his partner’s son, also aged 14, and Thomas.

The prosecution claims Moseley senior opened the front door and fired a Beretta semi-automatic shotgun once at Mr Holt, who later died in hospital from a single wound to the chest.

The defendant then allegedly handed the weapon to his son who was inside the house and suggested he take responsibility for the killing.

Opening the case, Robert O’Sullivan QC said: “The prosecution say from that point onwards Matthew Moseley has falsely blamed his son Thomas for the shooting.

“It is the prosecution 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.

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


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