Thursday, July 28, 2011

Gary Mullings the Armed robber stabbed to death by elderly shopkeeper had been cleared of murder, police reveal - 28th July 2011

A suspected armed robber stabbed to death during a bungled raid on a flower store was cleared of murder nine years ago, police sources have revealed.

It is understood that Gary Mullings, 30, was part of an armed gang which tried to rob a florists in the city.

He suffered fatal stab wounds to the upper chest during the incident after being confronted by elderly shopkeeper Cecil Coley.

Mr Coley, 72, who was pistol-whipped during the violent struggle, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Gary Mullings was acquitted in January 2002 of the murder of Alan Byron, 18, who was shot dead in a car in Longsight a year earlier. Another man was convicted and jailed for life.

Police were called to the florist in Shrewsbury Street, Old Trafford, on Tuesday evening after reports that a man had been injured.

Officers said a number of men tried to rob the shop and a gun was found at the scene. Read More