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David Carney and Tracey were jailed after woman's 'personal vendetta' led to murder of ex-boyfriend

David Carney and Tracey were jailed after woman's 'personal vendetta' led to murder of ex-boyfriend

David Carney and Tracey were jailed after woman's 'personal vendetta' led to murder of ex-boyfriend

A VIOLENT thug has been jailed for savagely beating an Irish grandad to death and pouring paint over him at the request of his vengeful girlfriend.

David Carney and Tracey Fielding were arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of Raymond Cullen was found at his home address in Bold Street, Fleetwood on October 10, 2019.

Mr Cullen, who was known locally as ‘Irish Ray’, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, having suffered a violent assault, including significant head injuries and bruising to his arms, legs and body.

Ray (55) was born and raised in Ireland but had lived in the UK for many years and was a popular figure in the Lancashire area.

This week, the court heard how David Carney called round to Ray Cullen’s home in the early hours and launched a violent and unprovoked attack - before dumping a can of paint on him as he lay dying from severe head injuries.

Following Cullen's death, police focused attention on Fielding, 47, who had ended a “tempestuous and corrosive” relationship with Mr Cullen the year before.

At least four witnesses told police she would regularly offer people up to £20,000 to attack or kill her ex.

One said: “From the moment I met Tracey I have known her asking people to kill Ray.”

Detectives said they launched a murder investigation and following enquiries were approached by a witness who said they had spoken with Fielding at The Bug Pub in Fleetwood.

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Ray Cullen was brutally murdered

Ray Cullen was brutally murdered

Ray Cullen was brutally murdered

The witness claimed Fielding, said her boyfriend, Carney, had ‘left Ray for dead’ and she was going to be arrested for conspiracy and be sent to prison.

Following this, police discovered previous incidents involving Fielding and Mr Cullen which had taken place during their relationship.

A review of CCTV footage found that around 1.50am on October 8, 2019, Carney, who was wearing a Superdry jacket and distinctive Timberland footwear, had approached Mr Cullen’s address.

He re-appeared around 1.55am walking away from the area and an audio recording from the CCTV revealed the onset of the violent and unprovoked attack upon Mr Cullen.

Following the attack, Carney poured paint all over Mr Cullen's body.

Police searched Carney’s address, where the jacket and Timberland boots were recovered, with the boots proven to match the paint footprints at the scene in Bold Street.

Tests also found traces of Mr Cullen’s blood on the boots.

A day later, Carney had a text conversation where he referred to having "got rid" of Mr Cullen saying he "won’t be causing any more problems ever."

Further text messages were exchanged between Fielding and a relative confirming Carney had turned up at her address covered in blood and had killed Mr Cullen.

Carney and Fielding were both charged with murder, with Carney pleading guilty, and after consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, Fielding admitting manslaughter.

The pair were sentenced at Preston Crown Court on Wednesday.

Fielding admitted telling Carney to assault Mr Cullen by asking him ‘to go round and give Ray a slap’.

She said she did not intend Mr Cullen should suffer serious bodily harm.

Carney, 38, of Argosy Avenue, Blackpool, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 16 years and seven months at Preston Crown Court after pleading guilty to the murder of Mr Cullen.

Fielding, 47, of Victoria Street, Fleetwood, admitted manslaughter and was handed a nine year and nine month term.

Sentencing at Preston Crown Court, Judge Robert Altham said: “Mr Cullen was a vulnerable man both in condition and circumstances.

“He suffered cirrhosis of the liver and was described by his daughter as frail and weak.

“He was roused from his sleep in the middle of the night and pitilessly attacked and stamped on in his own home, wearing nothing but his boxer shorts.

“The act of pouring paint over Mr Cullen is an aggravating feature and demonstrates the hateful frame of mind of Carney.

“Fielding’s part of this terrible incident was to set it in motion. Without her it wouldn’t have happened.”

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