AN Orford man has denied the gangland killing of an ‘underworld Mr Big’.

Mark Fellows, of Sandy Lane West, is charged with murdering Paul Massey outside his home in Salford and shooting ‘mob fixer’ John Kinsella dead as he walked his dogs near to junction seven of the M62.

The 38-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court this morning, Thursday, to deny ‘executing’ Mr Massey alongside co-accused Steven Boyle, of Heywood, via video link to HMP Wakefield.

Fellows, who wore a light grey t-shirt bearing the slogan ‘lazy hazy days of summer’, and 35-year-old Boyle had previously denied the murder of Mr Kinsella and the attempted murder of his partner Wendy Owen during an earlier court hearing.

Justice William Davies refused an application to dismiss the charge of Mr Massey’s murder against Boyle – who were a dark grey t-shirt – as well as another application to have the two defendants trialled separately.

The court heard the Fellows shot at 52-year-old Mr Kinsella and Ms Owen while riding a bicycle in May this year, with Boyle having acted as a ‘spotter’ who kept watch near to the couple’s home and alerted his co-defendant when they left the property.

It was also alleged that Fellows ‘executed’ 55-year-old Mr Massey, waiting next to a church near to his home with a submachine gun as Boyle tailed the victim’s BMW in a Vauxhall Insignia before his death in July 2015.

Fellows fled through a country park near to Mr Massey’s home as Boyle waiting in a car to assist his escape, the prosecution allege.

A trial has been listed to begin on Monday, November 26, and is expected to last four to six weeks.