Terence Whall: Crossbow attacker found guilty of murdering pensioner outside home

Rory Sullivan
Retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan, 74, who was killed after being hit by a crossbow as he adjusted the satellite dish outside his home in a remote part of Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, on 19 April, 2019: Family handout/PA

A man has been found guilty of murder after he fatally shot a pensioner with a crossbow.

Terence Whall, 39, was convicted of killing retired lecturer Gerald Corrigan, 74, outside his home in Anglesey, north Wales, in the early hours of Good Friday last year.

Martial arts expert Whall and co-defendant Gavin Jones, 36, were also convicted of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by a jury at Mold Crown Court on Monday for plotting to set fire to Whall’s Land Rover Discovery.

Jurors were told they may never know why Mr Corrigan was murdered, but heard the pensioner and his partner, Marie Bailey, 64, had previously handed over £250,000 to convicted fraudster Richard Wyn Lewis.

On May 31, Whall and Jones were arrested at the Anglesey home of Mr Lewis, who remains under investigation, following an incident which the jury heard was a dispute over money.

Peter Rouch QC, prosecuting, said Whall’s association with Mr Lewis “may be of significance” but David Elias QC, defending Whall, said there was no evidence linking the two before the shooting.

Whall, a tai chi instructor from east London, denied ever meeting Mr Corrigan, who died in hospital on 11 May.

However, the court heard that he hid outside Mr Corrigan’s home until he came outside to look at his Sky dish, which had been tampered with.

The crossbow bolt Whall fired went through the pensioner’s body, resulting in serious internal injuries and bruising to the heart.

It also shattered a bone in the victim’s arm.

Whall’s movements on the night of the shooting were given away by the GPS system in his Jaguar Land Rover, which was discovered burnt out in an abandoned quarry on June 3.

Information recovered from the vehicle proved it had been in the vicinity of Mr Corrigan’s that night and on the previous night, when he is alleged to have been “scoping out” the home.

Whall initially claimed to police that he had been at home on the evening Mr Corrigan was shot.

When the GPS disproved this version of events, Whall said he had been in the area having a sexual encounter with friend Barry Williams.

Mr Williams denied this.

During the trial, which lasted more than four weeks, Jones’s brother, Darren Jones, 41, and his friend, Martin Roberts, 34, pleaded guilty to the arson of Whall’s car.

Although Whall admitted owning a crossbow, he told police he had sold it by the time of the killing.

He also claimed that a new one he had ordered online had not been delivered by Good Friday.

The jury heard that he had previously ordered identical bolts and broadheads for his crossbow to the ones used to shoot Mr Corrigan.

Whall’s punchbag was found to have holes in it, suggesting it was used for target practise.

Mr Corrigan moved to Anglesey 20 years ago after retiring from his post as a lecturer in photography and video in Lancashire.

He cared for his partner, Ms Bailey, who suffers from MS.

Additional reporting from PA

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