Croxteth Crew witness told police of arson campaign against his family
A YOUNG criminal whose family became the target of a series of alleged Croxteth Crew petrol bombings and shootings could not remember what happened, a court heard.
Josh Fitzsimmons, 21, was called to give evidence about arson attacks that happened in Croxteth and the surrounding area in 2011.
But after answering questions in an obstructive manner, Nicholas Johnson QC, prosecuting, instead played a tape of a police interview he gave in early 2012 while he was in a young offenders institute.
In it he was confronted with evidence that a gun was found bearing his DNA and was asked to explain how it got there.
He said he had been threatened by two masked males, one of them with a gun, at 2am on a day in October 2011 and the DNA must have got there during the scuffle.
During the interview he told police of a number of other violent incidents that had befallen members of his family.
He said: “My uncle’s house got petrol bombed, that’s the part where they had to throw an 18 month old baby out the window. My grandad’s house got petrol bombed. My uncle’s house got rammed with a car. My aunty’s house got shot at twice.” The court had previously heard that two women and a baby barely escaped with their lives after an arson attack at a house in Alma Close, Fazakerley, on November 4, 2011.
On the tape Fitzsimmons refused to name names, saying “that’s not what I do” but when asked if he had fallen out with these people he said yes, and admitted certain parts of Croxteth were “out of bounds” to him.
Nicholas Johnson QC said to him in court: “You clearly say you used to be friends with these people, but you wanted to get out of what they were doing. That’s what you say. You say I’m nearly 21. I’m a man. I’ve matured and you wanted to get out.
“What were they doing, these people who you used to be friends with? Because you didn’t want to do it they were prepared to shoot at your house, to firebomb your family’s homes? Terrorise your relatives?”
Mr Johnson added: “You were telling police these people were trying to run you out of town.”
Josh Fitzsimmons replied: “I can’t remember.”
Mr Johnson accused him of being scared and said: “Why were you trying to get your family to move out of Croxteth?”
He replied: “Because it’s a s*******.”