Abbey Solicitors instruct defendant in 4 murder trial
11th Mar 2014
He also denied murdering father and son David and Mark Short.
PCs Hughes and Bone were killed as they responded to a report of a burglary on the morning of 18 September 2012.
Four months earlier, former amateur boxer Mark Short was gunned down at the Cotton Tree pub is Droylsden, Greater Manchester.
His 46-year-old father David was then found dead on 10 August following a shooting and grenate attack at a house in nearby Clayton.
Mr Cregan, Leon Atkinson, 35, Luke Livesey, 27, Damian Gorman, 38, Ryan Hadfied, 28, and Matthew James, 33, were all accused of the murder of Mark Short and the attempted murders of three others in the pub at the time.
Accused of the murder of David Short were Mr Cregan, Francis Dixon, 37, Anthony Wilkinson, 28, and Jermaine Ward, 24.
All four were also jointly accused of the attempted murder of Sharon Hark on the same day, and a single charge of causing an explosion.
Mr Wilkinson was also charged with possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, and Mohammed Ali, 32, was accused of assisting an offender.
Abbey Solicitors were instructed for the only defendant of the nine co-defendants who discharged a firearm. The trial was a public spectacle from beginning to end, with much media scrutiny. Numerous novel legal arguments were used, involving hearsay and bad character.