The man accused of killing Manchester police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes, as well as a father and son, denied murdering them today.
Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed abode, pleaded not guilty at Liverpool Crown Court after taking the stand accused of the Greater Manchester Police officers’ murders, Mark Short’s targeted shooting on May 25 and his father David Short’s death on August 10.
Cregan appeared in court via videolink – he is being kept in Manchester’s Strangeways prison – and his full trial will take place at Preston Crown Court next February.
PC Bone, 32, and PC Hughes, 23, were responding to a ‘routine burglary call’ at a house in Hattersley, Tameside, when they were shot dead on September 18.
MURDER TRIAL: Dale Cregan is charged with murdering David Short, Mark Short, PC Nicola Hughes and PC Fiona Bone (from top let to bottom right)
Cregan also denied four counts of attempted murder and a one count of causing an explosion.
Two other men also appeared in court in connection with Mark Short’s murder.
Luke Livesey, 27, of Hattersley, and Damien Gorman, 37, of Glossop, pleaded not guilty to his murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Three men also charged with Mark’s murder were not asked to enter pleas at today’s hearing – they are Matthew James, 33 of Clayton, Ryan Hadfield, 28, of Ashton, Leon Atkinson, 34 of Newton-le-Willows.
While another two men appeared in court charged with the murder of his 46-year-old father David Short at his home in Clayton.
Anthony Wilkinson, 33, of Beswick, pleaded not guilty to murder, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, attempted murder and causing an explosion with a hand grenade.
Jermaine Ward, 24, pleaded not guilty to murder, one count of attempted murder and an allegation of causing an explosion with a hand grenade.
Francis Dixon, 37, of Stalybridge, is charged with David Short’s murder, attempted murder and causing an explosion but was not asked to enter a plea.
Mohammed Ali, 23, of Chadderton is accused of assisting an offender but was not asked to enter a plea – the men will be asked to do so on December 20.
They were remanded in custody until the trial at Preston Crown Court on February 4 2013.