Two men who carried out the "public execution" of 26-year-old beloved dad-of-two Patrick Boyle in the summer of 2021 have been found guilty of his murder at Liverpool Crown Court.
Two gun-carrying thugs who brutally murdered 26-year-old Patrick Boyle in the summer of 2021 have been found guilty of his murder.
Prosecutors claimed that 26-year-old Rueben Murphy was the gunman, riding an electric bike, who showed "no mercy" to his victim after an argument with an associate of Patrick Boyle earlier on that same day.
Murphy, a self-confessed local drug dealer said that he couldn't possibly have killed Mr Boyle, as at the time of the murder he was in a back garden in another part of Huyton, "off me head on ket".
Murphy had denied shooting Mr Boyle and claimed he never even knew the victim, he said: "I might have sold drugs in the past, but I'm not a killer."
Prosecutors argued that Murphy's friend, 24-year-old Ben Doyle had helped plan out the attack and was "complicit" in the murder.
Doyle claimed that the murder had been committed by a mystery man, who he refused to name because he wasn't a "snitch", and also feared "retribution".
A jury on Monday found both men guilty of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possessing ammunition with intent to endanger life, and murder. Both defendants stood up and left the dock as the verdicts were read out in Liverpool Crown Court.
The judge, Mr Justice Morris, offered John Jones and Peter Killen, QC, chance to get the defendants back to the dock, however, they both refused.
Mr Justice Morris said: "Mr Jones and Mr Killen, you will notice that your clients have absented themselves from the dock. Would you like a moment for them to come back to the dock."
Mr John Jones responded: "No I think not."
While giving evidence at Liverpool Crown Court, Murphy complained that Ian Unsworth, QC, prosecuting, was talking to him "like a piece of sh*t" and was "bang out of order" for accusing him of lying to the jury.
During the seven-week trial, jurors saw CCTV and heard forensic evidence implicating both Murphy and Doyle in the murder.
Patrick Boyle, 26, was shot twice in Newway, Off Lordens Road, just before 6 pm, on Thursday, July 1, last year. Prosecutors said Lyme Grove in Huyton, where Doyle lived, was "a hub for the launch of the fatal attack."
Murphy told the court that he used to go to the rear garden of an "empty house" next door to the home of Doyle to sniff ketamine and smoke cannabis. He told the jury that on the day of the killing he had argued in that street with an associate of Mr Boyle at around 12:40 pm.
Murphy said that the argument was because Mr Brown owed him money over an old drug debt and "took the p***" out of him when he went to prison.
Murphy told the court that Mr Brown had chased him with a fence panel, before Doyle came out and told Mr Brown to "f*** off". Prosecutors claimed that after the argument the two men arranged to get a Sur-Ron electric bike and a loaded gun.
They claimed that the bike, now partially disguised "in black bin bags", left the rear garden of a property two houses down from Doyle's home at 5:40 pm.
It was alleged Doyle was on the bike and was soon joined by Murphy, who split from his associate and used the bike to travel to Newway and shoot Patrick Boyle, just after 5:56 pm.
The jury was shown CCTV footage of the masked gunman - wearing black gloves - cycling round to Barkbeth Road, where Murphy was living at the time, then go off-camera for approximately eight minutes.
The video footage showed the rider - no longer wearing gloves and with the bin bags removed from around the bike - then cycling to Lyme Grove, where he arrived by 6:08 pm and spoke with Doyle. The rider of the bike then went through the rear garden gate at 6:09 pm, and a few moments later, Murphy emerged.
Murphy said that he didn't ride a bike that day, telling the jury that the man said to be him was "taller and skinnier" and wearing different clothing.
Detectives found a pair of gloves on top of a kitchen unit at Murphy's home on July 6. The left glove had gunshot residue on it that matched the residue inside two cartridge cases found at the scene of the murder.
Inside the glove, there was a mixed DNA profile found, said to relate to four people, including Murphy. He told the jury he "definitely" didn't wear any gloves on July 1, because "it was sunny".
The DNA of 20-year-old Thomas Walker was found on one of the bullet cartridges. However, the jury was directed to find him not guilty of murder after he admitted to possessing ammunition without a certificate - a claim that was accepted by the Crown.
Doyle admitted that he had ridden the bike for 10 minutes prior to the shooting, after carrying out repairs on it for its owner. Doyle said he then gave the bike back to its owner - a man he wouldn't name out of fear of "retribution".
He explained the trip he made on the bike - with the mystery owner sitting behind him - was to drop cannabis off for a friend.
Doyle claimed that he hadn't noticed that the bike was disguised and was only wearing a dark jacket because he was returning it to another friend.
Doyle said that he had no knowledge that the mystery man was armed with a gun and no idea this man - not Murphy - then carried out a murder before he brought the bike back and asked to store it in his neighbour's shed because he'd been "on a case".
Doyle told the court that he thought this meant "that he had been chased by the bizzies".
The judge told the court that Murphy and Doyle's conviction for murder would result in a life sentence, explaining that the length of the minimum term of that sentence would be decided at the next hearing.