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Ashley Dale: Four men found guilty of murdering council worker who was shot dead in her garden | UK News

Four men have been found guilty of murdering council worker Ashley Dale.

The 28-year-old died after being found with a gunshot wound in the garden of her home in Liverpool in August last year.

A jury heard the intended target of the shooting was her boyfriend Lee Harrison – described in court as a drug dealer who was in a feud with a rival gang.

However, he wasn’t at the property at the time of the attack.

James Witham, 41, Joseph Peers, 29, Niall Barry, 26, and Sean Zeisz, 28, were found guilty of murdering Dale.

Ian Fitzgibbon was cleared of the charge.

The court heard a gunman fired eight bullets from a sub-machine gun towards Ms Dale and two at the ground – believed to be towards her dog.

He then went upstairs to a bedroom and fired five bullets into a wall “to send a firm message to Lee Harrison”, the prosecution said.

Despite being the principal target and losing his girlfriend, Harrison did not help the police investigation.

The feud that led to the murder reignited after a row at Glastonbury Festival earlier in the summer, the trial was told.

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Ashley Dale death: Man charged with council worker’s murder after extradition from Spain | UK News

A man has been charged with murder following the fatal shooting of council worker Ashley Dale in Liverpool.

Ms Dale, 28, was found with a gunshot wound in her garden in the Old Swan area on 21 August last year.

Ian Fitzgibbon, also 28, has been charged with murder after being arrested by the Spanish National Police and then extradited to the UK, Merseyside Police said.

Fitzgibbon, from St Helens, was also charged with conspiracy to murder Lee Harrison, possession of a prohibited weapon [sub-machine gun pistol and ammunition] with intent to endanger life, and conspiracy to possess a prohibited weapon [sub-machine gun and ammunition].

He will appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

It brings the number of people charged with the murder of Ms Dale to five.

Sean Zeisz, 27, Niall Barry, 26, James Witham, 41, and Joseph Peers, 28, were charged with Ms Dale’s murder and are due to stand trial on 2 October.

Ashley Dale

At her funeral in September last year, Ms Dale was described by her family as a “rising star” who “had her whole life ahead of her”.

Ms Dale, an environmental health officer for Knowsley Council, is not believed to have been the intended target of the shooting.