Patrick ‘Patsy’ Adams admits shooting man at point blank range in Finsbury

11:57 28 November 2016

Patrick Adams

Patrick Adams


A leading member of a notorious Islington crime family has admitted shooting a man in the chest at point blank range after his victim had been accused of being a “f***ing grass”.

At Woolwich Crown Court this morning, Patrick “Patsy” Adams – younger brother of former underworld crime boss Terry – had charges of attempted murder dropped after victim Paul Tiernan refused to cooperate with police.

Instead, 60-year-old Adams, of Percival Street, Finsbury, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent. The incident took place at St John Street’s junction with Wyclif Street in Finsbury on December 22, 2013. Mr Tiernan was inside his BMW 4x4 at the time.

Adams and his wife, Constance, both of Harold Laski House, fled soon after the incident. They were extradited from Amsterdam in October last year.

Prosecutor Crispin Aylett told the court: “The shooting was in broad daylight and at close range. What happened seemed to have been personal. He was shot inside his car, which wasn’t stolen.

“They had known one another for many years. They had much in common: of a similar age, sharing the same reluctance of talking to police.”

The court heard Mr Tiernan had complained Patrick Adams had accused him of being a grass. In January 2014, police officers seized a handwritten note, believed to be by Mr Tiernan.

It read: “Patrick, I ain’t no f***ing grass. G [said to be their son, George Adams] could have stopped all this by telling the truth. I’ve always been there for you. No one has ever been there for me. Face me, the truth will hurt.”

Adams, who appeared in court dressed in a navy pullover, will be sentenced on Friday morning. His 56-year-old wife also appeared in court this morning, dressed in a grey blazer – but all charges against her were dropped.

The court heard CCTV picked up Patrick and Constance Adams walking towards the junction where Mr Tiernan was parked. Patrick then moved out of camera shot for five seconds, when the shooting took place, before moving back along Wyclif Street. The incident was only heard and not seen.

Mr Aylett added: “Mr Tiernan was bent forwards with his hands on his knees. He collapsed to the ground, called for help and an ambulance was called. He had a wound to his lower chest and there was an exit wound where the bullet left the body.”

It was suggested Mr Tiernan brought the gun to the scene. Adams claims he grabbed it and shot him, fearing for his and his wife’s safety.

Mr Tiernan was in hospital until January 28, 2014. Though he received successful treatment to his small bowel, there were complications as he was withdrawing from heavy anabolic steroid use during his stay.

Adams, who was remanded in custody, has a series of convictions going back to the age of 12. In 1976, he was sentenced to seven years over seven counts of robbery. In 1984, he was again jailed for three years for possessing firearms in public.


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