Trio cleared of Sheffield shooting

The crime scene at Cuthbert Bank Road, where Jordan Porter was shot. Photo: Paul David Drabble.
The crime scene at Cuthbert Bank Road, where Jordan Porter was shot. Photo: Paul David Drabble.
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Three men have been cleared of being behind two gun attacks during 48 hours of violence in Sheffield.

There were ecstatic cries from the public gallery at Sheffield Crown Court as a jury returned not guilty verdicts on a trio accused of firing shots at a house and shooting Jordan Porter.

Lewis Michael Barker, 21, Darren Michael Whitehead, 26, and Jamie Lee Howden, 22, were arrested following the incidents in October last year.

Over the course of the three-week trial the jury heard evidence from Cherie Bean, who claimed to have seen Howden brandishing a baseball bat outside her home in Donovan Close, Parson Cross moments before Barker fired shots in her direction.

But defence counsel quizzed Mrs Bean over why in her initial telephone call to the police she did not mention any of those she was later to blame.

She was asked if she had been told to wrongly identify the men because they had been involved in a dispute with her husband John Bean.

Judge Robert Moore said: “The defence argued the fact that she failed to mention the names and baseball bat in the 999 call undermined her credibility as a witness.”

The prosecution attempted to pin the blame on Whitehead and Howden over Mr Porter, then 19, who was shot in the legs as he walked along Cuthbert Bank Road, Hillsborough.

Whitehead told the jury he ‘went to ground’ after the incident because he had been driving his van in the area at the time.

Barker, of no fixed address, was found not guilty of attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life relating to the attack on Mrs Bean. Whitehead, of Oxspring Bank, Shirecliffe, was cleared of the attempted murder of Jordan Porter.

Howden, of no fixed address, was found not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of possessing an offensive weapon. He will be sentenced on October 18.