Hitman And Marathoner Caught No Thanks To The GPS On His Running Watch
Mark Fellows is a cyclist marathoner. Mark Fellows is an avid cyclist. Mark Fellows is a serial murderer.
The 38-year-old Englishman was known as the “Iceman” in mob circles for his reputation as a murder-for-hire, no questions asked killer.
Fellows was recently handed a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of the murders of two rival gangsters, crime boss Paul “Mr. Big” Massey, 55, and his 53-year-old associate John Kinsella.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Fellows was a suspect for the murder but authorities were unable to tie him to any evidence. That is until an intrepid detective spotted a photo of Fellows wearing his Garmin Forerunner during the 2015 Great Manchester 10K, a racing event that took place two months before Massey was murdered that July.
Police snatched the running watch from Fellows’ home and analyzed the GPS data to see if they could mine any pertinent information.
During Fellows’ trial, prosecution called to the stand Professor James Last, an expert in satellite-based radio navigation. Last testified that nearly two months before Massey’s death, the watch had recorded a 35 minute activity beginning in Fellows’s neighborhood and traveling to the field near Massey’s home. The expert claimed that the person wearing the watch started out traveling 12 mph, akin to someone riding a bicycle. When he reached the field, the speed dropped to 3 mph, which is consistent with the escape route prosecution believed Fellows used after gunning down Massey while in his own driveway.
At the trial, the judge described Fellows as a contract killer, a “gun for hire, prepared to kill whoever you were asked to kill”.
He added: “I have never had to deal with a contract killer of your kind before. There are few judges who have. Just punishment in your case requires you to be kept in prison for the rest of your life.”
First you’re running half marathons in the cool breeze and then you’re locked in a cage for the rest of your life. Life comes at you fast.
[h/t Runner’s World]