Loxford shooting trial: Witness tells the court of the chilling moment she saw the gunman
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A mother-of-two said she “feared for her life” when she was forced to hide in her car with her young daughter after witnessing the shooting, a court heard.
The woman appeared as a eyewitness yesterday in the trial of 18-year-old Joshan Addison, who is facing attempted murder charges over the shooting of a 22-year-old in Loxford Park, Ilford, last August.
Behind a curtain, the eyewitness told Snaresbrook Crown Court that she saw a gunman shoot the victim in the back for a second time whilst he lay in the road after attempting to flee the scene.
She said: I was about to get out and get my daughter out the back seat and I heard a big bang.
“I looked towards the road and saw the person in dark clothes running past my car window. He passed me and I saw someone running after him with a gun.
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“The man in the dark clothing ran towards Loxford Lane but stumbled and fell over. Then the man with the gun stood right over him and fired another shot into him.
“When I saw that, I ducked down in my car and told my daughter to go down too. I thought I was ducking for my life.”
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Mr Addison, of Thornton Avenue, Ilford, is accused of blasting Rhys Bryin twice in the back with a shotgun near a playground in Loxford Lane, full of parents and children.
A pellet also struck an 11-year-old boy in the cheek.
Mr Addison denies two counts of attempted murder, for the injuries to Mr Bryin and the boy, and also denies causing GBH with intent.
Another eyewitness broke down in tears as she described to the court the terrifying moment she looked up from her car, parked outside Loxford General Store, to see the gunman.
She told the jury: “When I got in my car after work, I looked to my left and saw a young man standing in Medway Close with a gun.
“I just remember thinking ‘oh my God, he has a gun’.
“I looked behind me to see a man standing in Loxford Lane, then I heard a shot and saw the young man lying on the floor after being shot.
“His right leg was in total spasm, I couldn’t believe it.”
Jabir Mohammed, 22, of Cobham Road, and Ali Sheikh, 23, of Buttsbury Road, both Ilford, are also on trial, accused of assisting Mr Addison and joint possession of the shotgun. A teenage Ilford boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faces the same charges.
In the afternoon, Det Con Marcus Snook, of the Trident Gangs Command, identified the defendants to the court in a series of video clips taken from CCTV cameras in roads surrounding the park.
Residents who live along Brockenhurst Gardens, Fairway Gardens, and Vine Gardens were also called to the dock, where they reported witnessing the trio act in an agitated manner following the shooting.
Two eyewitnesses reported hearing Mr Sheikh, Mr Mohammed and the unamed youth shout “Where is monster?” whilst running through surrounding roads around the park immediately after the shooting.
Toby Fitzgerald, prosecuting, claimed this is Mr Addison’s nickname, and that the trio were trying to find him in order to get him away after the shooting.
All four deny the charges and the trial continues.