Eyewitnesses claim they saw a masked man with a sawn-off shotgun that they recognised from playing ‘Grand Theft Auto’.
On the second day of an attempted murder trial involving convicted killer Mark Fellows, the jury heard from two witness.
Statements were read statements from members of the public who witnessed the alleged attempted murder of Abdul Rahman Khan, Manchester Crown Court heard today.
Warrington man, Mark Fellows, who is currently behind bars for the murder of Salford criminal Paul Massey who was killed in July 2015.
According to Manchester Evening News, prosecutors earlier this week spoke of ‘gangland warfare’ that erupted in the city between the A Team and a rival faction, referred to in court as the Anti A Team.
They were told that there were plots to murder two men said to be associated with the A Team, which jurors were told was led by Stephen Britton.
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Today the jury were read statements from those living in the area who heard gunshots which ‘sounded like fireworks’ and saw ‘men running wearing balaclavas’.
One witness described seeing a man sat in the rear seat of a black BMW holding a sawn off shotgun – he said he recognised it from ‘playing Grand Theft Auto’.
Another witness said in a statement that she had ‘heard the gunshots’, then went into her kitchen, only to find a man at her window ‘gesturing to be let in’, the court heard.
Following the alleged shooting, officers scrambled quickly to the scene and found three empty shotgun cartridge cases with ‘Victory 12’ and ‘Lylevale’ imprinted on them, as well as a grey sweatshirt, it was said.
Khan attended at the MRI hours later, and told hospital staff he sustained his injuries ‘from a drill when he was putting up a TV stand’, the jury heard.
When an officer later attended to guard Khan, he admitted there was a shooting, but when he was asked to confirm what he said, he said their conversation was ‘off the record’, stating: “I’m not a grass, I’ll be going no comment anyway.”
Aaron Parkin, 32; Mark Fellows, 40; Jamie Rothwell, 33; and Liam Gee, 31, of Prestwich, are accused of conspiracy to murder, and an alternative count of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm in an incident related to Abdul Rahman Khan.
Four men are also accused of conspiracy to murder, and an alternative count of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent in relation to the incident involving Aaron Williams.
They are Aaron Parkin, of no fixed address; Mark Fellows, of HMP Wakefield; Jamie Rothwell, of Grindon Avenue, Salford; and 32-year-old Warren Barnes, of Minoan Gardens, Salford.
Aaron Parkin has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm with intent in both cases, the jury was told, but he denies the intention was to kill.
The other four defendants have all pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors claim those in the dock are affiliated to the Anti A Team’.
Reading the first eyewitness statement of John Horrie, Prosecutor Jaime Hamilton QC said: “On Wednesday 18 February I was at home with my partner – he was working from home and around midnight I decided to go to bed and leave him downstairs.
“As I started to doze off I heard four loud bangs that were about half a second apart and sounded like gunshots, or what I thought gunshots sounded like when I’ve heard them on the telly before.
“From the bottom end of the terraced street, I looked out the bedroom window and heard footsteps which sounded like more than one person running past our house.
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“A young looking male shouted: “come on quick”. I decided to get out of bed and look out the window, and the first thing I saw was a vehicle parked across the ginnel opposite.”
Mr Horrie’s partner, Richard Hiam, said in a statement that he heard gunshots which ‘sounded like fireworks’ and he saw four men get into the vehicle all wearing face coverings or had hoods up ‘covering their faces and heads’.
Another resident, Zain Naqui, had arrived home from work at 12am, and said he heard ‘two very loud bangs’ when he was about to go to bed, the jury heard.
He said: “I could see a black BMW and I could see a male running away from Bolton Road towards the black BMW – I could see he was holding something, he had it clutched to the front of his chest.
“I saw another male, he was sat in the back seat with the passenger door open.
“As the door was open which kept the illuminated light on inside the vehicle, I could see he was wearing a balaclava and carrying a sawn-off shot gun, I recognise it from playing Grand Theft Auto.”
Another witness, on the opposite side of the road, said he was watching through the glass panel in his front door to avoid ‘raising suspicion’, when he witnessed a man getting out of the BMW with a ‘machete’ which was ’12-inches long’, the jury heard.
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Erin Welander, who was also at home that night when she heard the gunshots, when she went into her kitchen and saw hands on the glass.
“There was a male stood in my back garden, he had a non threatening face and was gesturing me to open the door,” the jury was told.
This man was later described to be Ryan Coward, it was said.
As the police arrived they discovered damage to a red Chevrolet Spark, including four shotgun entry points to the wing mirror and offside door, as well as shotgun cartridge fragments in the footwell, the court was told.
Prosecutors say the Mercedes being driven by Khan belonged to Misha Kent, daughter of John Kent, who has associations with the A Team.
The Mercedes was found abandoned a day later with three gunshot holes in it, described as ‘the size of a tennis ball’ in the driver’s door, as well as a smashed window, the court heard.
Investigating officers also found a ‘black box attached by strong magnets to the underside of the rear bumper – this was later identified as a tracker, the jury was told.
After Khan arrived at the MRI, he initially told emergency staff that ‘ he had sustained injury by way of a drill when he was using it to put up a TV stand’.
However, it later became apparent that it was a gunshot wound, it was said.
The on-call registrar Dr John Taylor said in a statement read to the court: “There were t wo separate wounds to the forearm, they were 1.5cm in diameter, deep and ragged, and bleeding moderately.
“There were also metal fragments in the wound, several of which had been collected by the police.
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“An X-Ray showed a fracture to the bone, the injury was treated with IV antibiotics and the patient was referred for physiotherapy.”
The jury also heard a statement from PC Carl Blower who said he had spoken to Khan at the MRI whilst he was under arrest.
He said: “[Khan] said he injured himself on a drill as he said he was doing some DIY, we then laughed and joked about DIY.
“I asked again and he said: “you know that shooting, was sat in my AMG with two others, saw two others wearing masks and they started blasting.
“[There was] about five blows, thought it [the gun] was pumping action.
“Ryan Coward was sat next to me, legged it as soon as shooting [started], sure he hurt his leg, but that could be from when he went into the bin.”
“I asked who they are, he said: “you know who they are, they got caught by the police in the bin. We got blasted then they drove off, got it on CCTV.
“He saw me writing in my notepad and said: “You’re not writing anything I’ve said – told you it’s off the record”.
“I told him I wouldn’t be doing my job properly he said: “Yeah, but it’s off the record,”
“I offered him to sign the notes I’d made. he was reluctant and said: ‘no not signing it, I’m not a grass, I’ll be going no comment anyway.”
Reading from a set of facts, which have been agreed between prosecution and defence, Mr Hamilton QC said that there was a burglary on October 31 2014 when a set of keys to a black BMW and grey Toyota were stolen -and 13 days later the vehicles were also stolen.
On February 18 2015, at 9.50am, officers responded to reports of abandoned vehicle parked in a ginnel in Salford on Dorchester road with no number plates, it was later confirmed to be the stolen BMW, the court heard.
The trial continues.