Dale Cregan accused of 4 murders "fantasised about decapitating his enemy"

Gangster accused of four murders 'fantasised about decapitating his enemy'Cregan denies murders of Mark and David Short in May and August 2012But psychiatrist claims he admitted the killings in pre-trial interviewsCregan was paranoid the Short family were trying to kill him, trial toldCregan also said he was a drug dealer who earned up to 20,000 a weekClaims Cregan told him 'a big relief rushed through my body' after'Fantasised smashing his head with a hammer and cutting his head off'Later murdered PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone with gun and grenade

Cregan added: 'I had thoughts of killing David Short since he threatened to rape my sister.

'I couldn’t get him out of my head. It was on my mind constantly, I could not put the thoughts away.

'I thought if I kill him, maybe I will get a rest.

'When I was having my fantasies I used to think about stabbing him repeatedly, smashing his head with a hammer and cutting his head off.

'I felt calm before killing David Short but, after, a big relief rushed through my body…If
I’d had time, I would have cut his head off and arms and legs…'

What Dale Cregan told psychiatrist Dr James Collins

'I shot David Short point-blank in the head, three times, but I would have preferred it if I would’ve used a knife.

'I felt calm before killing David Short but, after, a big relief rushed through my body.

'If I’d had time, I would have cut his head off and arms and legs. I would’ve gone and got a knife from the kitchen and used that.

'The thoughts were such, I knew I would have to do it.

'However, after I killed Mark Short, he said he would rape my son, he said he would set him on fire.

'He threatened my whole family. He told me “The gloves are off”.

'So I was always going to kill him.

'It was not an urge – it was because what it was doing to me if I didn’t do it.'

Cregan told the psychiatrist that, as a youngster, he would have fist fights with the nephews of David Short, who came into his neighbourhood and tried to bully people.

He said he would not let them bully him and he also developed a 'bad fetish' for knives.

He said he spent 18 months with his sister in Tenerife and, when he returned, began to own guns because he was interested in them, not because he needed them while drug dealing, and he went on to own around 10 firearms including machine guns.

Mark Short was killed at the Cotton Tree pub in May last year

Mark Short was killed at the Cotton Tree pub in May last year

Cregan said he began dealing cocaine at the age of 22, making 20,000 a week.

He would get drugs from Holland and would only deal with a couple of people he knew to distribute them.

He also acquired hand grenades from Holland, the court heard.

Cregan said the problem with the Short family was not a turf war over drugs because 'as far as he knew' they did not deal drugs.

The jury heard that Cregan denied involvement in an incident when David Short was knocked off his motorbike and had his throat cut.

But he did admit confronting him in an earlier incident and firing a gun five times at his enemy – but the weapon was loaded with blank cartridges.

Cregan denies that any of his co-defendants were involved in the alleged murders.

'I shot David Short point-blank in the head, three times, but I would have preferred it if I would’ve used a knife'

What Dale Cregan told psychiatrist Dr James Collins

He denies the Short murders and the attempted murder of the three others injured in the pub attack along with causing an explosion and the attempted murder of Sharon Hark in a separate attack minutes after the murder of David Short.

Leon Atkinson, 35, from Ashton-under-Lyne, is alleged to have first ordered the attack on the Shorts after his mother was slapped by one of their family.

He denies the murder of Mark Short and the attempted murder of the three others in the pub at the time, along with Luke Livesey, 27, from Hattersley, Damian Gorman, 38, from Glossop, Ryan Hadfield, 28, from Droylsden, and Matthew James, 33, from Clayton, who all deny the same charges.

Anthony Wilkinson, 33, from Beswick, Manchester, denies the murder of David Short, the attempted murder of Sharon Hark, possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and causing an explosion.

Jermaine Ward, 24, and Francis Dixon, 37, from Stalybridge, both deny the murder of David Short, the attempted murder of Sharon Hark and one count of causing an explosion.

Mohammed Ali, 32, from Chadderton, denies assisting an offender.

The trial continues.