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Nurse pulled sickie to clean blood off seats after son shot love rival in car

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An NHS nurse decided to pull a sickie so she could get her company hire car professionally cleaned after her son brutally shot a love rival in it, a court heard.

Phillip Barnes, prosecuting, told the court Patricia Dean, 58, from Yorkshire, took the car to the cleaners after her 28-year-old son Vincenzo De Falco kneecapped Jonathan Smith with a shotgun in the back seat.

Smith, who was the ex-lover of De Falco's girlfriend, had to undergo hours of surgery for his injuries following the attack on January 21, 2019.

The Mercedes sports car underwent a 'deep clean and full valet' in a desperate attempt to wash Smith's bloodstains away, Yorkshire Live reports.

During the professional clean, police were on the hunt for Falco.

The 58-year-old mental health nurse decided to leave the C350 Sport E Auto outside her unsuspecting sister's house in the hope the police wouldn't be able to find it, a court heard.

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25-year-old Smith was found dumped in the street in Rochdale and was rushed to hospital with serious leg injuries.

The Mercedes was later recovered by police who found traces of his blood around the back seat.

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Dean, from West Yorkshire, has been found guilty of assisting an offender and could be jailed for up to ten years.

Her son admitted to causing grievous bodily harm with intent at an earlier hearing.

Phillip Barnes, prosecuting, told the court that Patricia Dean was "on the move within minutes" after hearing what had happened to "work out what on Earth they were going to do".

He said: "In the hour that followed, De Falco made repeated telephone contact with his girlfriend who had also been the ex-girlfriend of Jonathan Smith – the man he shot. She then called Patricia Dean and told her what had happened.

''Within minutes, Patricia Dean was on the move to where her son lived and they met in order to work out what on earth they were going to do, and how they were going to try to cover De Falco’s tracks. Patricia Dean, for her part, arranged for the Mercedes to be thoroughly and deeply cleaned in an effort to remove all traces of Smith’s shooting.

''She sent messages to her supervisors at work, suddenly telling them that she wouldn’t be in the next day, or indeed the rest of the week, as she was suddenly and mysteriously unwell. We suggest that she had rather more serious things to worry about than her attendance record at work.''

Mr Barnes added: ''It was cleaned for over an hour and during the process, she repeatedly asked the operative to clean the back seats thoroughly and was seen inspecting the back seats of the vehicle closely."

Barnes told the court that getting out every trace of blood in the car was "impossible" and that's how Smith's blood was found by crime scene specialists.

The mother denied knowing about the shooting in court and said that she was "not aware he had done that."

"I have got nothing to hide," she added.

She admitted seeing her son but claimed it was because he had an argument with his girlfriend and spoke to her to find out what the row was about.

She and her son are due to be sentenced in October.

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