Four men jailed for total of 78 years for murder of Rhyl dad Mark Mason


Staff reporter (Rhyl Journal)

Four Liverpool men responsible for the death of Rhyl drug dealer Mark Mason, 48, have this afternoon been jailed for a total of 78 and a half years.

Mark Mason was stabbed 22 times within a matter of seconds when a drugs turf war broke out in the resort last October.

The judge, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, said the attack was swift, savage and terrifying.

James Davies, 21, of Moscow Drive in Liverpool, who denied murder but was convicted and Jake Melia, 21, of Eastbourne Road in Liverpool, who admitted murder, each received life sentences at Mold Crown Court.

James Davies, 21, of Liverpool, found guilty of murdering Mark Mason in Rhyl

Davies – whose baby son was born the day before his conviction last month - must serve a minimum of 25  years before he can be considered for release.

The judge said Davies inflicted the greatest number of injuries.

Melia must serve 22 and a half years before he can apply for parole.

The judge said he was at the passenger side of the van where Mason was sitting for between two and four seconds and the judge said that she could not be satisfied he intended to kill.

In his basis of plea he said he stabbed Mr Mason once and that did not cause his death.

Melia received concurrent five year sentences for wounding with intent upon wo others in the van, which he also admitted.

The judge said that it was Davies and Melia who had the knives.

Drugs gang boss Anthony Baines, 30, of Sutcliffe Street, Liverpool,  and Mark Ennis, 30, of Bedford Road, were cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter.

Baines, described as an intelligent man who used his organisational skills to run the drugs gang,  who gave the go-ahead for a revenge attack upon Mr Mason, was jailed for 17 years with a concurrent sentence of six years for wounding Mr Mason’s driver Sam Illidge with intent.

He had previous convictions for drugs supply and wounding.

Ennis, who had previous drugs convictions, was described as one of Baines’ street dealers and was jailed for 14 years on the manslaughter charge.  

The judge described it as a “revenge attack” as part of a “turf war” between two rival drug gangs in the resort.

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