PRISONER DENIES GRENADE ATTACK; Man Denies Involvement in 'Guns Plot'

Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England), July 9, 2011 | Go to article overview

PRISONER DENIES GRENADE ATTACK; Man Denies Involvement in 'Guns Plot'


Byline: CHLOE GRIFFITHS

A PRISONER accused of organising a grenade attack on a fellow inmate's former home as part of a "campaign of intimidation and violence" denied it in court yesterday.

Tony Downes, 25, is accused of being behind the incident at the former Huyton home of a man he allegedly clashed with at Risley prison, in Warrington.

Liverpool crown court jurors have heard claims that just two days after Downes had an altercation with fellow prisoner Peter McIntyre, a grenade was launched through the window of the home in Reeds Road.

McIntyre had previously lived there with his partner and children, but had moved out and a grandmother and seven-yearold boy were inside when the explosive was launched through the window on August 22, 2009.

The grenade did not explode and they escaped without injury.

Jurors have heard how four days later, on August 26, two homes on the same road were also subjected to firework attacks.

But in the witness stand on his second day of evidence yesterday, Downes, of no fixed address, but previously of Woolfall Health, Huyton, insisted to jurors he had no knowledge or involvement in the attacks.

He told jurors he knew "months prior to this incident" that McIntyre had moved out the property and now had a home elsewhere in Huyton.

Downes, who was jailed alongside others in October 2006 for conspiring to raid cash machines, told the court he had resolved any conflict with McIntyre.

Detailing what happened in the prison, Downes said: "I just opened my cell door and came out of my cell and that was when McIntyre swung a punch at me. …

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