Cannabis dealer accused of murder falls sick even though providing proof


A cannabis dealer accused of murdering James Meadows stated he felt sick when becoming questioned more than the shooting currently.

James, 17, was shot in the head even though riding pillion passenger on a motorbike in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton, on October eight, 2017.

Michael Roberts, 25, and Dylan Westall, 29, who each deny the teenager’s murder, are standing trial at Liverpool Crown Court. 

Roberts, who says he is “badly dyslexic”, started providing proof yesterday, but stated he was struggling to stick to a timeline of events.

As a outcome, the jury was sent dwelling early and Judge Andrew Menary, QC, stated the trial would be adjourned till this morning.

A police cordon in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton, following the death of James Meadows

On the other hand, when Roberts entered the witness box currently, inquiries from his barrister Nicholas Johnson, QC, lasted a matter of minutes.

Prosecutors say James was shot from a stolen black Mercedes, travelling in the opposite path to the bike, at about 9.30pm.

They allege the exact same A-Class was parked outdoors Roberts’ dwelling, in Kipling Avenue, Huyton, from two.52am to about 7.30pm.

Roberts accepts promoting cannabis utilizing a “graft” telephone, with a quantity ending 4996, which prosecutors allege Westall also made use of.

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It is stated the Mercedes arrived in Kipling Avenue at the exact same time this telephone was utilizing a cell website mast supplying coverage for the street.

Prosecutors say cell website information is constant with the telephone also becoming in Kipling Avenue shortly ahead of the Mercedes pulled away, at 7.30pm.


They recommend a get in touch with Westall’s girlfriend Samantha McDermott‘s telephone created to the telephone at 7.45pm, and its place at the time, shows 4996 left with the Mercedes.

Roberts currently stated he knew nothing at all about a Mercedes pictured close to his dwelling and, as far as he knew, he had under no circumstances been in the automobile.
Tributes for James Meadows on Lyme Cross Road-Radway Road.

Mr Johnson asked if he knew no matter whether he had the 4996 telephone in the course of this time period, to which Roberts stated: “I’m not as well confident.”

He stated he wasn’t confident who may well have had it, ahead of saying: “I really feel sick. Can I see a nurse? I’ve been up all evening becoming sick.”

The dad-of-one particular added that he hadn’t got to sleep till about 2am and stated he wished to see a nurse ahead of continuing.

Judge Menary asked no matter whether he had asked dock officers if he could see a nurse that morning and Roberts stated he hadn’t.

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Roberts stated he had asked to see a nurse even though he was held on remand in custody final evening, but didn’t get to see one particular.

Judge Menary stated he was “keen to make progress”, but didn’t want to be “unfair” to Roberts, “if this is a genuine complaint”.


Following a break, he told jurors: “I have received data and I’m happy that he’s not at the moment match to carry on providing proof currently.

“Plainly this is a specifically essential stage of the trial as far as he’s concerned and we can not thus make progress till he is in a position to give proof.”

Yesterday, Roberts told the jury he didn’t know James Meadows and had under no circumstances heard of him ahead of he was arrested for his murder.

Roberts stated he left frequent education in year 4 or 5, due to the fact “I got place in a naughty behaviour school”, and that he couldn’t study or create.


He stated he was 1st convicted at 13 of obtaining an offensive weapon and a public order offence, then of an additional public order offence and carrying a knife.

The court heard given that 2007 he has been convicted of possessing cannabis on six occasions, and at the age of 14 was convicted of burglary.
Forensic officers at the scene at Astley Road and Lyme Cross Road in Huyton

Roberts confirmed he was convicted of risky driving on an off-road quad bike at the age of 17 and for possessing a pointed post in 2013.

Following James was killed, police searched Roberts’ dwelling and located 15 bags of cannabis skunk, weighing 416g and valued involving £4,160 and £6,240.


Roberts was convicted of possessing the Class B drug with intent to provide, plus a bail offence final October, and jailed for about 13 months.

He told the jury he had been close friends with Westall all his life, and was on great terms with one particular of James’ close friends from Huyton, Reuben Murphy.
James Meadows, 17, who died just after becoming shot in Lyme Cross Road, Huyton. Image courtesy of Merseyside Police

Prosecutors allege James was killed as element of a dispute involving Westall and the Murphy family members, but Roberts stated he was unaware of any fallout.

He denied going with Westall on a bike with a gun to the Murphy’s dwelling on October 1, or going to North Wales with Westall afterwards.


Roberts accepted he had the 4996 telephone most days, but repeatedly stated he wasn’t confident specifically when it was in his possession involving October 1 and eight, or of his whereabouts.

Mr Johnson asked: “In your life is there a large distinction involving days in a week?” Roberts replied: “No, just about every day is the exact same, is not it?”

He later told the jury: “I just about keep in mind what occurred yesterday.”

When questioned about his movements on October eight, he stated he was discovering it “all a bit as well much” and agreed his head was “battered”.

He stated: “Generally truly, this is tough. I cannot truly go more than the case. I’ve just been by means of a lot of stress… I just want to get this more than with.”

Roberts, of Woolfall Crescent, Huyton, and Westall, from Whiston, but now of no fixed address, also deny conspiring to possess firearms with intent to endanger life.  

The murder trial will resume on Tuesday morning.



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