Eccles murder

Nine men are set to go on trial later today following the shooting of a mother and her 7-year-old son in Salford back in 2015.

Jayne Hickey and her young son Christian were shot at their house in Winton, Salford, on October 12 2015. Christian received injuries to his leg after being hit by a bullet.

Carne Thomasson, 28, Christopher Hall, 49, Aldaire Warmington, 32, and John Thomasson, 49, will go on trial accused of one count of conspiracy to murder and and one count of perverting the course of justice.

James Coward, 22, Dominic Walton, 26, and Lincoln Warmington, 32, are also accused of perverting the course of justice.

Two further defendants are also accused of involvement in the shooting of another man, Jamie Rothwell, at a car wash in Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan on March 30, 2015.

Jacob Harrison, 26, and John Kent, 54, are both charged with conspiracy to murder.

The trial of all nine defendants, scheduled to last for around seven weeks, will begin later on Monday at Manchester Crown Court before Mr Justice Popplewell.

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