A man killed by a shot from a crossbow in a Bootle street was set to be sentenced this week for his part in a massive cocaine and cannabis conspiracy, the ECHO can reveal.
This morning, a sentencing hearing began for nine people involved in a large-scale plot to peddle the Class A and B drugs in Liverpool, Wirral and Wales.
Part of the prosecution would have included 38-year-old Lee Atkins, a Bootle dad-of-one killed by a crossbow shot close to his home in Monfa Road.
He was found in the street at 2am on Monday, May 6, dying in the early hours of that morning.
A Home Office post-mortem examination confirmed the cause of death was abdominal bleeding due to a deep penetrating wound to the abdomen consistent with a crossbow discharge.
Earlier this month, after his death, Mr Atkins was described as having a “heart of gold” by his heartbroken mum.