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Florist death raid: Third man admits Old Trafford robbery

Cecil Coley
Image caption Mr Coley was not charged over the intruder's death

A third man has admitted armed robbery at a Greater Manchester florist shop in which a robber was stabbed to death.

Nathan Walters, 26, of Thorn Court in Salford, admitted robbery, and possessing a firearm and an imitation firearm, at Liverpool Crown Court.

Kyle Mullings, 19, of no fixed address, and Joseph Junior Mullings, 24, of Anfield, Liverpool, admitted the offences at an earlier hearing.

Shop owner Cecil Coley, 72, was not charged over the man's death last July.

Mr Coley was confronted by four men with guns and a knife as he locked up his shop in Shrewsbury Street, Old Trafford, on 26 July.

Gary Mullings, 30, of New Moston, was fatally stabbed. Mr Coley was later arrested on suspicion of his murder but the Crown Prosecution Service decided he acted in self-defence.

'Terrifying ordeal'

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."

All three men are due to be sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on 14 May.

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