Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The Night I Shot David Short I Had the Best Sleep of My Life ...' ; Murders Suspect 'Confessed in Jail'

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

'The Night I Shot David Short I Had the Best Sleep of My Life ...' ; Murders Suspect 'Confessed in Jail'

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DALE Cregan confessed to killing four people during an interview in prison - and claimed he had 'the best night's sleep of my life' after slaughtering one of them, his trial heard.

Cregan is alleged to have said he tried to kill David Short in Droylsden's Cotton Tree pub but his target had run into the toilet.

Instead he shot dead Mr Short's son Mark and injured three others, he is alleged to have admitted while at Strangeways awaiting trial.

Cregan, 29, is said to have admitted he had a 'bad fetish' for knives and was an avid collector of guns, Preston Crown Court heard.

And he is said to have told a psychiatrist who interviewed him in jail that he had a personal feud with David Short, 46, and had wanted to kill him for years. Cregan, who said he had been a drug dealer since the age of 23, is alleged to have told Dr Collins: "I kept looking for opportunities. The thoughts were such I knew I would have to do it even if he stopped the threats.

"However, after killing Mark Short he said he would rape my son. He said he would set him on fire. He threatened my whole family. He said 'the gloves are off now'."

Cregan is said to have added: "I was always going to kill him. I was staying awake for hours. I only decided definitely the day before. It was because of what it was doing to me if I didn't do it. If I didn't kill him, I would rather be dead than be like that. I thought if I did kill him maybe I would get a rest." Dr Collins told the jury Cregan had said he felt 'calm' before killing 'calm' before killing David Short and afterwards he felt a 'big relief rush though my body'.

Cregan is alleged to have added: "If I had time, I would have cut his head off. I would have cut his legs and arms off. I would have gone and got a knife from the kitchen and used that. I had the best night's sleep I had for a long time that night."

In a second interview four days later, Cregan is alleged to have told Dr Collins: "When I killed him I was just like I am now, as calm as I am now. …

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