Miguel Reynolds killing: Thug guilty of murdering rapper in robbery gone wrong

Liam Watson lured victim to Liverpool by offering to sell him stolen car - then shot him dead at point blank range

Colin Drury@colin__drury
Wednesday 07 April 2021 11:04
Liam Watson
Liam Watson

A thug who shot a Manchester rapper dead after luring him to Liverpool to buy a stolen car has been found guilty of murder.

Liam Watson killed Miguel Reynolds – who went by the stage name Lil Gwop Boy – after a plot to rob him went wrong.

The 32-year-old had told his 21-year-old victim he would sell him the Audi S1 for £2,000 during a series of conversations through intermediaries, a trial at Liverpool Crown Court was told.

But when the younger man, from Moss Side, turned up in Liverpool’s Netherton area on 7 June 2018, he was met by a gang of men who took his money then told him he would not be receiving the car and ordered him to leave. One was armed with a pistol, thought to be a Glock.

When Reynolds - who himself had a knife - gave chase, Watson shot him dead at point blank range, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Miguel Reynolds

The killing – described by prosecutors as like an execution – was witnessed by a pensioner, who later died.

"Oh God, I can't even breathe watching this,” Joyce Lennon told a 999 call. “I think somebody has just been shot a few yards away."

Watson, 32, of Litherland Park in Litherland, was found guilty of the murder on Tuesday.

Six other men were cleared of murder but one of them, Kyle Sanders, 22, of Charles Best Green in Netherton, was found guilty of manslaughter.

Both will be sentenced at a later date.