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Family plea over doorstep killing

The shooting scene in Speke
The father-of-one was shot on his doorstep

The brother of a man shot dead on his doorstep in Merseyside four years ago, said catching his killer "would be the best Christmas present."

Joseph Peloe, aged 45, was shot as he answered the front door at his home on Little Heath Road in Speke on 28 December 2004.

He staggered to a nearby police station to raise the alarm, but died the following day in hospital.

His brother Jimmy said: "Its been four years and we still want justice."

Two men were charged with Mr Peloe's murder but later acquitted at Liverpool Crown Court on the judge's directions.

Mr Jimmy Peloe added: "We think about Joey all the time, but particularly at this time of year on the anniversary of his death.

"For our family it would be the best Christmas present if those responsible were caught.

"So anyone with any information, however small should get in touch with Merseyside Police."

The case is still open and being investigated by Merseyside Police.

Two men accused of the killing a man who was shot on his doorstep in Liverpool have been cleared of murder.

Michael Abbott, 50, and his nephew Mark Abbott, 27, both from Speke, were found not guilty of killing Joseph Peloe, 45.

Mr Peloe was shot as he answered the door at his Speke home. He staggered to a police station, but later died.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Michael Abbott, of Carley Walk, and Mark Abbott, of Bray Road, had denied murdering Mr Peloe, in December 2004.

Craig Abbott, 23,of Carley Walk, Speke, who denied incitement to cause grievous bodily harm and Claire Gibbs, of Hindley Walk, Speke, who denied attempting to pervert the course of justice, were also cleared on the judge's directions.

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