In the Media

Three plead guilty to armed robbery at florist?s shop

PUBLISHED March 15, 2012

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West Area said: ?All three defendants have now admitted their involvement in the armed robbery at Cecil Coley?s shop in Old Trafford on the night that Gary Mullings was fatally stabbed. Armed with a gun and an imitation firearm they, and Gary Mullings, forced their way into the shop. They threatened and attacked Mr Coley and a friend who was in the shop with him, injuring both of them and robbing them of cash and valuables. Both men were so scared that they feared for their lives. ?After looking at the evidence I quickly concluded that Cecil Coley should not be prosecuted for the death of Gary Mullings because he was acting in self defence and the three defendants were subsequently charged in connection with the armed robbery. We have since worked with officers from Greater Manchester Police to build a strong prosecution case and they have now admitted their guilt for the terrifying ordeal that the two victims faced that night. ?Householders, shopkeepers and anyone going about their lawful day to day activities can be reassured that the law will protect them if they use reasonable force to protect themselves, their families and their property. They can also be assured that we will bring to justice intruders who force their way into the property of others.? The defendants will be sentenced on 14 May at Liverpool Crown Court. Note to editors: Nathan Walters, 26 years old, Joseph Mullings 24 years old and Kyle Mullings 19 years old have pleaded guilty to 2 counts of robbery, possessing a firearm whilst committing an offence and possessing an imitation firearm whilst committing an offence. They will be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court at a later date.