August 21, 2019
International Crime

Matthew Moseley: Oswaldtwistle shooting killer jailed

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A father who pressured his 14-year-old son into taking the blame for a murder he had committed has been jailed.

Matthew Moseley, 50, shot Lee Holt in the chest when he tried to get into his home last October.

After he fired the shotgun, Moseley handed it to his son, saying: “Tell them you’ve done it.”

Moseley, who had denied murder, was given a life sentence at Preston Crown Court and ordered to serve at least 26 years in jail.

Jurors heard Mr. Holt had gone to confront Moseley at his home in Oswaldtwistle, near Accrington, amid a long-running dispute between the men’s children.

Moseley opened his front door and fired a Beretta semi-automatic shotgun at Mr. Holt, the jury was told.

‘No justification’

His son made a fake confession and Moseley stayed silent as the teenager was arrested and led away in handcuffs.

Despite the teenager changing his account, Moseley maintained his innocence and said he had knocked the gun from the boy’s hands.

Passing sentence, Mr. Justice Simon Bryan told Moseley there was “no possible justification” for his actions, nor any suggestion he acted in self-defense.

“How any father could do that to their son is difficult enough to comprehend but what is truly incomprehensible is the cynical way in which you sought to manipulate, and pressuring, your son into accepting responsibility for the shooting and death of Lee Holt.”

“You allowed your son to be arrested and questioned on suspicion of murder when all along you knew you had shot Lee Holt.

“Your continual denial of guilt resulted in him having to give evidence against his own father and members of Lee Holt’s family having to relive the terrible events of the night in question.”

Insp Jill Johnston of Lancashire Police described Moseley as “wicked” for getting his son to take the blame and said he had “shown no remorse”.

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