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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Court hears of Newcastle gangland feud


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ONE man cheated death as feuding gangs clashed in a bloody battle which a court heard was “organised and quite terrorising”. Blood ran in the street as the masked rivals fought over a grudge surrounding the shooting of Paul Borg near his Tyneside home. When the dust settled, one man was close to death and police recovered Samurai swords, machetes, knives and a hammer, Newcastle Crown Court was told. The violence had been simmering ever since Borg was gunned down and rival factions taunted each other through texts and Facebook. Moves were finally put in motion to arrange a mass ‘straightener” to settle the score. Reinforcements were called up by both sides and a chilling arsenal of weapons assembled. And when the rivals finally met after stalking each other from pub to pub, the clash was so savage Mark Amis almost paid with his life. “He was found slumped in the street with several knife wounds,” said Brian Hurst, prosecuting. “He was lucky to survive. He was nearly killed. “Medical evidence shows if the stab wounds had been a very short distance away they would have entered his vital organs. “We are talking centimetres. He was stabbed in the abdomen and side and had a collapsed lung.” At least one other was knifed as more than a dozen joined the clash near the Rosehill pub in Churchill Street, Wallsend. One of those tried to mow down rivals in a BMW and in the aftermath police found blood stains and samurai swords, machetes, knives and a hammer. Mr Hurst said: “This was not just a grievance fight between two people. This was a very organised and quite terrorising event with men wearing balaclavas and carrying swords, machetes and the like.” The court heard Borg held a “grievance” against others stretching back years. But Mr Hurst told the jury the build-up to the clash really began after Borg was gunned down in August last year. “A number of people turned-up at his house and he was shot,” he said. “He was not killed but he was injured and for those people he was able to identify a trial was called and took place. “Ultimately, they were convicted and Borg, who had a criminal background, was then regarded with a great deal of disfavour by others of a similar persuasion.” And the feud took another twist when vandals attacked Borg’s home. Borg, 25, of Quay View, and Amis, 23, of Kendal Gardens, both Wallsend, are among 13 men who have admitted either conspiracy to commit violent disorder or violent disorder. They are to be sentenced after the trial of Mark Dalziel, 22, of Blackhill Avenue, and Craig Kennedy, 30, of Murray Road, both Wallsend. Both deny violent disorder.


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