A mental health nurse is facing 10 years in prison for cleaning up a crime scene after her son “kneeled” a love rival in his car.
Bolton Crown Court called Patricia Dean, 58, sick at a Manchester hospital to clean her car after Vincenzo Di Falco shot Jonathan Smith with a shotgun, reports MailOnline.
While police were searching for her 28-year-old son, Dean had a Mercedes sports model car pass through a full valet to wash off Mr Smith’s blood.
The court heard Mr Smith was found in Rochdale street and had surgery on his legs.
The car, which was hired by the NHS for the dean, was left at his sister’s home after cleaning, but was later found by police and traces of blood were found on the seals around the passenger side compartment.
Philip Barnes, prosecutor, told the court: “Patricia Dean, in an effort to remove all traces of Smith’s shooting, arranged for the Mercedes to be cleaned thoroughly and deeply.
“She sent messages to her supervisors at work, suddenly telling them she wouldn’t be there the next day, or indeed the rest of the week, because she was suddenly and mysteriously unwell.
“We suggest that she had more serious things to worry about than her attendance record at work.”
The court heard that de Falco lured Mr. Smith into the back of the vehicle after telling friends that he wanted to “stun” someone.
After the shooting on 21 January 2019, De Falco had several telephone conversations with his girlfriend, who was also Mr Smith’s ex-girlfriend, the court heard.
He then called the dean, who arranged for the vehicle to be cleaned. The mental health nurse and her son were later arrested on 23 January.
The Dean of Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire was found guilty of aiding a criminal.
De Falco of Bakup, Lancashire, admitted to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.
The charge of aiding an offender carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
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