Trio on trial over Sheffield shooting

South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
South Yorkshire Police search team and and Detectives investigate the scene of Tuesdays shooting on Cuthbert Bank Road close to Bamford street tram station ''23 October 2012'Image � Paul David Drabble
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A man was shot in his legs and a woman had a gun fired at her in 48 hours of violence in Sheffield, a court heard.

Three men have gone on trial over the two gun attacks, which prosecutors claim were attempts to kill.

In the first incident on October 20 last year a gun was fired at three men tinkering with a car on the driveway of a house on Donovan Close, Parson Cross.

Seconds later another shot was fired towards the window of the house – narrowly missing Cherie Bean who was looking out of her home after hearing a ‘commotion’.

Two days later Jordan Porter was gunned down on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough, in what he told police could have been connected to a ‘dispute’.

Peter Moulson QC, prosecuting, said: “The police spoke to Jordan Porter. He was to say, amongst other things, that he was friends with the Bean family. He said there was a dispute with others.”

Mr Moulson told the court a few minutes before the first shooting Mrs Bean had looked outside after hearing ‘shouting’ and spotted a man ‘brandishing a baseball bat’.

The next time she looked outside after hearing a ‘further commotion’ she saw a gunman fire at her husband, son and family friend before aiming at her.

Mr Moulson said: “The first shot was directed at the people on the driveway, the second shot was directed at Mrs Bean from her vantage point at her window.

“She said the two shots were fired in quick succession.

“Mrs Bean described herself as screaming and in hysterics – she immediately called 999.

“What would have been the result, we ask, if the shot had hit Mrs Bean’s head?”

Mrs Bean provided the names of those she claimed were involved in the incidents outside her home – but in her initial telephone call to the police she did not mention any of those she was later to blame.

Lewis Michael Barker, 21, of no fixed address, is charged with attempted murder and an alternative of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life relating to the attack on Mrs Bean.

He is also charged with possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life stemming from the gun attack on the men on the driveway outside Mrs Bean’s house.

Jamie Lee Howden, 22, of no fixed address, is charged with possessing an offensive weapon over the allegation that he turned up outside Mrs Bean’s house armed with a bat.

Howden is also accused of attempted murder, along with Darren Michael Whitehead, 26, of Oxspring Bank, Shirecliffe, over the gun attack on Jordan Porter two days later.

The pair are also charged with an alternative of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, and possessing a firearm with intent.

Jurors were told that Mr Porter was shot after leaving his home believing he was going to be meeting a girl he had been texting.

But Mr Moulson, said ‘a team’ may have been behind the shooting.

The trial continues.