LIVE UPDATES: Dale Cregan murder trial day 23… as it happens

By Dominic Claeys-Jackson

Welcome to day 23 of the Dale Cregan murder trial from Preston Crown Court. MM will be posting live updates throughout the day.

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13.01pm Justice Holroyd dismisses the jury until at least 10.30am on Wednesday. It is not yet certain whether the jury will be required at that time, but jurors will certainly be required by Thursday at the latest. MM’s live blog will return once the court is in session later in the week.

13.00pm Mr Holland has completed his questioning, and Mr Lang has completed his evidence. He leaves the witness stand.

12.55pm Prosecutors claim Ali was in Leeds, at the Gotts Road address, on August 11. Despite no sat nav evidence, cell site analysis have located Ali’s attributed phone in this area on that evening, the court hears.

12.53pm Mr Lang confirms the sat nav contained ten further visits within five miles of Leeds city centre and 27 visits within five miles of Bradford city centre, but none were to significant addresses.

12.44pm Mr Clarke has completed his questioning, and Rick Holland, representing Ali, is now cross-examining Mr Lang.

12.43pm The sat nav made no journeys to Leeds outside of the days discussed, Mr Lang confirms, after examining 207 ‘recoverable journeys’ stored on the device. No journeys at all were made on August 17, August 18 and August 19, he tells the court.

12.41pm Mr Lang, comparing the journey to cell site data analysed from Ali’s attributed phone, confirms a third ‘direct correlation’ between the movements of both devices, the court hear.

12.36pm The jury are told that GPS data shows the sat nav switched on at 11.09 at TK Maxx in Oldham, and heading to an address around Knowsley Street, Bradford, where it arrives at 11.49am.

At 11.58am, the sat nav then journeys to the Faroe Buildings, Gotts Road, Leeds, arriving at 12.16pm, before leaving the address at 12.26pm and arriving at a McDonald’s near Bradford at 12.43pm.

After three minutes, it moved back to the Knowsley Street address, Bradford, where it was turned off at 12.51pm. It then journeyed to North Road, Clayton, between 12.57pm and 13.50pm, before being turned off at an Esso garage, Rochdale Road, Oldham, at 14.38pm. Turned back on five minutes later, it then recorded travelling to Radcliffe Street, Oldham, and was switched off at 15.02pm.

12.19pm Mr Lang is now demonstrating to the jury movements of Ali’s attributed sat nav on August 16, in comparison to cell site usage of Ali’s attributed telephone.

12.12pm The jury are back in, and proceedings have resumed, with questioning still revolving around comparisons of cell site analysis and GPS data from August 15.

11.57am Judge Mr Justice Holroyde has sent the jury for a 15-minute break. Mr Lang’s evidence will resume upon their return.

11.55am Cell site analysis had also showed Ali’s attributed phone journeying from Oldham to Leeds on the same morning.

11.54am Mr Lang is demonstrating the correlation by running through cell site analysis showing the movement’s of Ali’s attributed telephone on August 15.

11.48am The court hear that Ali’s attributed sat nav was turned on at 11.15am in Leeds on August 15, where it travelled to the White Rose pub, in south Leeds, before leaving at 12.03pm to a Leeds McDonalds.

It then travelled to an address on Gotts Road, Leeds, for 12.30pm, where it was turned off, before being used again in a journey to Bradford between 12.40pm and 13.03pm, where it was switched off on the M606. At 14.01pm, it was turned back on at the Silver Birch pub, Cleckheaton, and travelled to Chappell Street, Oldham for 14.40pm.

After being static for 20 minutes, it then reached the Three Crowns Pub, Oldham at 15.15pm, before being turned off at Chadderton Way, Oldham, at 15.20pm.

Mr Lang tells the court that the GPS usage again correlated with cell site usage.

11.33am Mr Lang is now informing the court of the cell site and sat nav movements of devices attributed to Ali on August 15.

11.31am Mr Lang tells the jury that Ali’s sat nav system was switched off completely on August 11, 12, 13, and 14.

11.25am Cell site analysis is helping to fill any gaps in which the sat nav was switched off. Usage of Ali’s attributed telephone between 7.24pm and 7.27pm shows the device further up the M62 than when the sat nav was switched off at 7.15pm, the court hears.

11.18am Mr Lang is comparing the sat nav data with the cell site analysis of Ali’s attributed mobile telephone, which was revealed last week. Mr Lang tells the court there is a ‘direct correlation’ between the two.

11.15am The sat nav was static for 17 minutes, before travelling to an address on St. Kilda’s Avenue, Droylsden, at 6.11pm where it was switched off for 11 minutes. It then travelled to Press to Impress, Failsworth, reaching the destination at 6.32pm and remaining static for three minutes before heading to an address on Mona Road, Chadderton, where it was static between 6.50pm and 6.54pm.

The device then was recorded journeying towards Bradford on the M62, and was switched off at 7.15pm near the M62’s junction with the A640. It was switched back on again at 8.06pm, in Bradford, with the sat nav returning to Ali’s home address in Oldham for 8.36pm.

At 8.39pm, the device left Gainsborough Avenue, and journeyed to the Waggon and Horses pub, in Hawkshaw, reaching the destination at 9.12pm, where it was static until 11.32pm. The device then travelled back to Gainsborough Avenue, reaching the address at 11.59pm, where it was switched off.

11.05am Mr Lang is demonstrating to the court the journey taken by Ali’s alleged sat nav from the moment it was switched on at 5.38pm.

11.01am Mr Lang tells the court that Ali’s satellite navigation system was switched on at 5.38pm on August 10, and was located at his home address in Gainsborough Avenue, Oldham.

11.00am Cell site data shown to the jury last week revealed Ali’s attributed mobile telephone journeyed from Failsworth to Bradford between 11am and 12pm on August 10.

10.55am Mr Lang is explaining to the jury how satellite navigation systems work. The witness was asked by police to examine Mr Ali’s alleged portable sat nav data as part of their investigations.

10.52am Questioning is to focus on the movements of Mohammed Ali on August 10, in relation to his GPS satellite navigation system. Ali is accused of assisting an offender, and prosecutors claim he drove David Short’s killers to Bradford shortly after his murder.

10:51am Today’s first, and only, witness is Simon Lang, a digital forensics expert, who is now being examined by lead prosecutor Nicholas Clarke QC.

10:46am After a short delay for legal discussion, judge, jury, defendants and barristers are all in place, and court one is back in session.

10:15am In place at Preston Crown Court, for day 23 of the trial of Dale Cregan and nine other men. Today should be a short session, with just one witness due to give evidence.


The trial

Dale Cregan, 29, of no fixed abode, is being tried on two counts of murder. One is of the murder of Mark Short, 23, at The Cotton Tree Pub on May 26 last year. The second is his father David Short, 46, at his Folkestone Road East home on August 10. 

He also faces four counts of attempted murder and causing an explosion by using a hand-grenade.

Leon Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Damian Gorman, 37, from Glossop,
Ryan Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, Matthew James, 33, from Clayton, Luke Livesey, 27, from Hattersley,  are also charged with murdering Mark Short, and three counts of attempted murder of John Collins, Ryan Pridding and Michael Belcher, who were also in The Cotton Tree at the time. All deny the charges.

Francis Dixon, 37, from Stalybridge, Jermaine Ward, 24, and Anthony Wilkinson, 33, from Beswick, are also charged of murdering David Short. They are also charged with Cregan with one count of attempted murder of Sharon Hark in Droylsden later on the same day. All deny the charges

They are also accused of causing an explosion with a hand-grenade. All deny the charge. 

Mohammed Ali, 23, is charged with assisting an offender. He denies the charge. 

Cregan has already pleaded guilty to the murder of police officers PC Nicola Hughes, 23, from Saddleworth, and PC Fiona Bone, 32, from Sale, in Hattersley on September 18 last year.

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