Feuding Sheffield families fought before double 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 mother who claims she was shot at through the window of her Sheffield home was accused of lying to a jury to frame a man feuding with her husband.

Cherie Bean said she saw Lewis Michael Barker holding a gun outside her house in Donovan Close, Parson Cross, seconds before two shots were fired.

Giving evidence at the trial of three men who are charged with carrying out two shootings in the space of 48 hours, Mrs Bean recalled that she was at home with her two young children when she heard a ‘commotion’.

One shot was fired outside the property, then a second into the house.

In her first account to police Mrs Bean failed to name Barker, aged 21, but in later statements laid the blame with him.

She said: “I wasn’t thinking straight. I’d just been shot at.”

Sheffield Crown Court was told that three days earlier her husband John had been stabbed in the back during a row with Barker outside Southey Green Co-op and had to be taken to hospital.

Judie Khan, defending Barker, claimed Mr Bean had sought revenge by arriving at the home of the defendant’s friend armed with a metal bar.

During cross examination it also emerged Mr Bean was arrested for affray while receiving medical attention. He has since pleaded guilty to the offence.

Judie Khan, defending Barker asked the witness: “Are you sure you are not naming Lewis Michael Barker because of what has happened in the past?”

Mrs Bean replied: “I know what I saw.”

Mrs Khan then asked: “Has anyone asked you to name Lewis Michael Barker?”

Mrs Bean said: “No.”

PC Adam Butcher was one of the first officers to arrive on the scene on October 20 last year.

He said: “I went in to the front room and found Cherie Bean talking on the phone with two young children inside.

“She was sitting on the settee, shaken and crying.

“When she put the phone down I asked her if she knew who had done it.

“She informed me she had given the wrong name to our control room.

“I asked her who was responsible. She said the Barker brothers, then named one as Lewis.”

The prosecution also allege that Barker’s co-defendants Jamie Lee Howden, 22, and Darren Michael Whitehead, 26, shot Jordan Porter in the legs on Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough, two days later.

Police believe the shooting was connected with the ongoing dispute.

Barker, of no fixed address, denies attempted murder and two counts of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life relating to Mrs Bean and Mr Porter.

Howden, of no fixed address, denies possession of an offensive weapon .

He and Whitehead, of Oxspring Bank, Shirecliffe, have pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of Mr Porter.

The trial continues.