Sheffield Crown Court LIVE: All the latest cases as two men stand accused of attempted murder of 12-year-old boy

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Sheffield Crown Court LIVE: All the latest cases as two men stand accused of attempted murder of 12-year-old boy

Last updated: Thursday, 20 August, 2020, 11:49

  • Welcome to this live blog created by Sheffield Star crown court reporter Tim Cunningham
  • It is expected to be a busy day on court
  • Two men stand accused of the attempted murder of a 12-year-old boy in an alleged drive-by shooting

The jury in the trial of two men accused of the attempted murder of a 12-year-old boy in an alleged drive-by shooting will be shown evidence today. 

Stephen Dunford, aged 25, of Fellbrigg Road, Arbourthorne, Sheffield, and Devon Gregory, 23, of Heeley Green, Heeley, Sheffield, deny attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Dunford has also denied a further charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A third defendant, Brandon Bailey, aged 26, of Manor Park Way, Manor Park, Sheffield, also denies conspiracy to endanger life and possessing criminal property, but the prosecution does not say he was in the car at the time of the shooting.

The first witness has been brought into court. PC Ellingham attended the scene of the shooting on January 12.

He has brought a grey jacket with an entry point from a bullet in the hood.

Social distancing is being maintained while the officer shows the exhibit to the jury.  

The second witness of the day.

PC Allcock travelled to the hospital with the injured boy in the ambulance.

The jury is shown footage from the PC's bodycam. The audio is largely inaudible because of the siren.

The boy said: "You know who shot me?"

"It was Stephen. Stephen Dunford.

"He used to buy me drinks."

A transcript of the conversation will be given to the jury because most of the footage is difficult to hear.

"It's distressing to watch because there is a boy who, on any analysis, has been shot," said the Recorder of Sheffield, Judge Jeremy Richardson QC. "The tension was palpable to us all."

PC Allcock is showing a pair of blue Nike tracksuit bottoms that the boy was wearing.

It has a small hole in the back of the leg.

The jury has been sent out for a short break while the judge tackles a legal issue.  

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