Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Trial Told of Facebook Threats over a PS5 Debt; 'Your Days Are Numbered Lad, Just Watch Your Back.' Court Is Told

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Murder Trial Told of Facebook Threats over a PS5 Debt; 'Your Days Are Numbered Lad, Just Watch Your Back.' Court Is Told

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter rob.kennedy@ncjmedia.co.uk

MURDER accused Keiran Adey warned Mark Shaw: "Your days are numbered lad, just watch your back" in a Facebook message nine days before allegedly killing him, a court heard.

Adey had been sending threatening messages demanding PS5 owed to him by Mark, in the weeks leading up to his death, jurors were told.

Mark's mum, Valerie Watson, said she had formed the view her son and Adey were close friends but after accidentally opening his Facebook profile, she became aware of the dispute.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the last message was sent to Mark on December 7 and prosecutors say Adey and Zoe Warren murdered Mark on the night of December 16, which they deny.

Mrs Watson, a catering assistant, said she had never met Adey but that Mark had spoken about him.

She said in a statement read to the court: "In early 2016 my son started talking about a lad he started to see who lived in Grange Villa.

"He seemed to get on well with him.

"Mark often mentioned him, saying he had made some tea for him or they had a drink together and socialised.

"I formed the view they were good friends.

"Mark never had a bad word to say about anyone, he never fell out with anyone.

"I was not aware of any fallout between Mark and Keiran until one day I heard of a dispute over PS5."

Mrs Watson said in October Mark had been using a laptop at her house and when he left he remained logged on to Facebook.

When she later went to log on to her own Facebook, she realised she was on Mark's and saw correspondence indicating he owed Adey PS5 and messaged him from Mark's account.

Jurors were taken through all the Facebook Messenger exchanges between Mark and Adey from the beginning of October, when Adey was telling Mark he would "get a clip" if he didn't give him the money. …

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