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The ‘baby-faced gangster’ on most wanted list who was last seen in Dover

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Pictured walking calmly through a ferry terminal, a suspected killer known as the baby-faced gangster was last spotted in Dover.

He is now one of the National Crime Agency's most wanted fugitives.

It was a warm summer's evening just over six years ago when a single shotgun blast changed the lives of five men and their families forever.

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Vinny Waddington, 18, was pillion passenger on a motorbike when he was shot by one of three men inside an Audi A3 car in Liverpool, on Banks Lane, Garston, at 8.47pm on July 14, 2015.

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Fuelled by adrenaline, the young man was able to jump over a garden fence before collapsing and dying of catastrophic chest injuries.

His friend and the motorbike rider, Francis Humphries, escaped with his life – albeit bleeding from multiple pellet wounds too.

Two men, Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate are a small way into their life sentences for Vinny's murder.

But Vinny's family have still not managed to secure any form of closure, with another chief suspect David Ungi still at large.

Luke Kendrick and Ryan Bate

Speaking after Kendrick and Bate were sentenced in 2016, a family spokesman said: "There is still another person to be caught in regards to the death of Vincent, and when that happens we will return to court and continue to remain dignified."

David Ungi jnr, 24 at the time of the shooting, is believed by murder detectives to have been the third man in the Audi – and his volatile temper could have been the driving force behind the fatal incident.

Ungi is also wanted in relation to a heroin, cocaine and cannabis trafficking ring headed by gangster Ronald Fitzgibbon, who was recorded boasting: “I don’t do Oscars [ounces], I deal in weight [kilograms].”

Known as "the baby-faced gangster" by local news outlets, Ungi fled the country via a ferry from Dover the day after Vinny was left to die.

David Ungi is known as "the baby-faced gangster" in local news reports

An insight into the thinking of detectives in relation to Ungi emerged during the trial of Kendrick and Bate, when details of a violent confrontation in a local gym were aired.

It was alleged in court that Ungi hurled a dumbbell at Vinny’s brother Liam Waddington in Pro-Flex on Wood Street, Garston, on July 13, less than 24 hours before the teenager's death.

"You’re with them York Street grasses.”

Ungi is alleged to have approached Liam as he worked out saying: "You’re with them York Street grasses.”

When Liam told him to “go away” Ungi allegedly removed his watch, picked up a dumbbell and swung it at Liam, who in response grabbed him and “threw him across the gym.”

The men were pulled apart and Liam cycled home after being told to “go, lad” by a friend.

Vinny Waddington

Detectives working on the case also saw what are allegedly screenshots of a text message sent by Vinny to his girlfriend which said: “Our kid’s just had murder with David Ungi in the gym and it’s going off.”

The NCA believe Ungi fled to Amsterdam 18 hours after the shooting and released CCTV footage of him calmly strolling through Dover Ferry Terminal.

Ungi, formerly of Melbreck Road in Allerton, is described by NCA officers as an “extremely dangerous individual” and an operation was launched alongside Dutch Police to bring him into custody, so far without success.

While Ungi junior may be a suspect rather than a victim, it was a gun crime which saw his father shot and killed in a 1995 street execution.

David senior was shot dead in the Dingle community he grew up in and his murder is said to have left an enduring mark on the city of Liverpool, its criminal underworld and how police react to gun crime there.

No one has ever been convicted of his murder.

'Mudmen' link

But Ungi junior was not the only alleged member of the killer gang with motive to harm Vinny or his friends.

Volatile and erratic Kendrick, who had been released from jail only two weeks before the murder for racially aggravated harassment, also had serious problems with the teenager's associates.

During his trial he claimed he had been threatened and shot at by men on motorbikes, including Vinny's fellow rider Francis Humphries, in at least two separate incidents that day.

Kendrick was recorded on police body cam footage saying: “These kids today, pulling up on crossers (motorbikes), pulling a gun on me, pulling a machete on me and then they must have been having a good f***** laugh at me them, ah we’ve just terror’d Luke…”

In court he said he believed Mr Humphries may have been linked to a gang he called the ‘Mudmen.’

He said a friend of his from the Garston district of Liverpool, Daniel Masher, had been convicted of manslaughter after stabbing a former leader of the Mudmen, 21-year-old Marlon Moran in 2007.

However sources close to Mr Moran’s family have rejected Kendrick’s claims and said in fact Kendrick himself was a member of a racist gang which had caused havoc in Garston.

The source said Kendrick had terrorised the family following Masher’s conviction and denied Mr Moran had any links with gangs.

Indeed Kendrick, then aged 18, was one of 10 thugs slapped with Anti-social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) in 2008.

At the time around 140 people gave evidence against the gang, who police say subjected parts of Garston to threats, racial abuse and racially motivated attacks.

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