The best friend of murder victim Jordan Thomas has refuted claims in police notes that a gun was in the car when a masked man shot him and killed Jordan.
Neshaun Ferguson was recalled to Sheffield Crown Court yesterday to answer more questions from defence counsel Ann Cotcher QC and Adrian Waterman QC.
Mr Ferguson was driving a Ford Mondeo, with Jordan as his passenger, when it stopped at traffic lights on Derek Dooley Way at the junction with Sheffield Parkway on December 21, 2014.
A gunman got out of a Mitsubishi Shogun that had been following them, walked up to the car and fired three shots, killing Jordan.
Jama Ahmed, aged 26, and Asif Yousaf, 33, both deny playing a part in the murder.
Speaking in court from behind a screen, Mr Ferguson was asked to comment on notes that South Yorkshire Police Detective Constable Lisa Kramer had made during conversations she had with him.
Ms Cotcher QC, for Ahmed, asked Mr Ferguson whether Jordan had a gun in the car – as this had been referred to in notes made by DC Kramer.
He said: “I do not recall saying that.
“The police actually said that they had ‘intelligence’ that Jordan had a gun and I said, ‘Well if you have intelligence, go do an investigation on it.’
“That wasn’t true – I can remember at the time laughing at the gun claims.
“If we had a firearm like the police were saying then I would have been shooting back. We had no gun in the car.”
Ms Cotcher asked Mr Ferguson if he had said that Jordan had a sawn off shotgun and a black handgun.
He said: “I do not recall saying that Jordan had two guns, no. The police were saying they had ‘intelligence’ that this was the case but I stressed again that I didn’t know.”
Ms Cotcher asked: “How much of this do you feel is what you said?”
Mr Ferguson replied: “Some of it is correct and some of it is utter nonsense. I wouldn’t say things like that, I know I wouldn’t. Jordan is not stupid.”
Ahmed, of Broomhall Place, and Yousaf, of Violet Bank Road, both deny murdering Jordan Thomas and attempting to murder Neshaun Ferguson.
Yousaf’s father, Mohammed Yousaf, 61, also of Violet Bank Road, denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The trial continues.