Teen, 15, tells attempted murder trial he stole his grandfather’s shotgun to ‘scare’ bullying friend


A teenager has told how he stole his grandfather’s shotgun while visiting him for Sunday lunch before shooting his friend in the face – but said he did not mean to cause serious harm despite firing from less than 5ft away.

The boy, who lives near Woodbridge, Suffolk, said he sneaked the double barrelled Beretta gun out of the locked cabinet in his grandfather’s bedroom and hid it in the garage so he could pick it up later.

He told Ipswich Crown Court how he only intended to use the gun to ‘scare’ his 15-year-old friend who had repeatedly bullied and humiliated him and did not mean to cause him serious injury.

The trial has heard how the boy drove to the victim’s home early in the morning of September 7 last year and lay in wait for him as he walked to school on the first day of term.

The victim was left with devastating and life changing injuries when he was shot in the face and jaw with the 12 bore before collapsing in a pool of blood in Kesgrave, Suffolk.

The trial has heard how the boy drove to the victim's home early in the morning of September 7 last year and lay in wait for him as he walked to school on the first day of term. Pictured: Police at the scene

The trial has heard how the boy drove to the victim’s home early in the morning of September 7 last year and lay in wait for him as he walked to school on the first day of term. Pictured: Police at the scene

The teenager, who was 15 at the time, said his grandfather had picked him up the previous morning so they could have lunch together.

He said he went upstairs alone while his grandfather was watching TV in the living room at his home in Ipswich after they had eaten lunch.

The boy said he then went to his grandfather’s locked gun cabinet in his bedroom.

He said: ‘I knew where the key was located in my grandfather’s bedroom. I went in there and took the key, and unlocked the cabinet.

‘I did not have a clear view and put my hand in to pull out the gun by touch. I closed the cabinet, but did not lock it and I left the key in the lock.

‘I did not tell my grandfather. Having taken the shotgun, I went through the kitchen to the garden.’ 

The boy said he then put the gun in a carrying slip and left it hanging on the wall of the garage before re-joining his grandfather in front of the TV.

Asked by defence barrister Diana Ellis QC why he had moved the gun, he said: ‘I knew how to gain access to the garage as there was a key safe on the front wall of the house, so I could return to get the shotgun later on.’

The other boy was left with devastating and life changing injuries when he was shot in the face and jaw with the 12 bore before collapsing in a pool of blood in Kesgrave, Suffolk. Pictured: Police at the scene

The other boy was left with devastating and life changing injuries when he was shot in the face and jaw with the 12 bore before collapsing in a pool of blood in Kesgrave, Suffolk. Pictured: Police at the scene 

The court heard how the teenager took his father's car and lay in wait for the boy with the shotgun in Kesgrave, Suffolk. Pictured: Forensic teams at the scene

The court heard how the teenager took his father’s car and lay in wait for the boy with the shotgun in Kesgrave, Suffolk. Pictured: Forensic teams at the scene

The teenager who is now aged 16 said his grandfather drove him back home at around 3.30pm and he went out for a cycle ride with another friend.

He admitted that he and his friend on his bike ride had often talked in the past about fantasy plans to shoot people including the boy who was shot the next day.

The teenager admitted shouting abuse at a car driver he felt had driven too close while overtaking them at speed.

He said the motorist drove back to speak to them and more words were exchanged which included him telling the driver: ‘I’ll put you in the ground.’

The teenager claimed that the phrase was one he often used with friends after picking it up from the computer game Grand Theft Auto V.

He also admitted sending a series of messages to the teenager who was shot including one six months earlier featuring a video of him waving a BB gun and saying: ‘I will shoot you, I will I promise.’

The teenager insisted the video was meant as a joke and was actually filmed by the boy who was shot when they were playing together.

A saved Snapchat message on the victim’s phone showed that the accused boy had contacted his friend again in the middle of the night a week before the shooting.

The series of messages said: ‘How is my favourite fatty doing?/Answer/Me/Boy/mmm, so you have chosen death.’

The boy told Ipswich Crown Court (pictured) how he only intended to use the gun to 'scare' his 15-year-old friend who had repeatedly bullied and humiliated him and did not mean to cause him serious injury

The boy told Ipswich Crown Court (pictured) how he only intended to use the gun to ‘scare’ his 15-year-old friend who had repeatedly bullied and humiliated him and did not mean to cause him serious injury

The teenager told jurors that the phrase had been taken from a meme and was just a message to get his friend’s attention and wake him up for a chat.

He also sent the boy pictures of Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson and James May carrying guns during a sketch as they played the parts of secret agents in a spoof segment of the show called The Interceptors in which they tested a classic Jensen Interceptor sports car.

The teenager said he had only sent the images because he thought they were ‘quite funny.’

He told how he had been ‘scared’ to return to school on the day of the shooting because he feared more bullying at the hands of the boy who was shot.

The teenager earlier told how he suffered stress and panic attacks due to his friend belittling him and pushing him around.

The court heard how he took his father’s car and lay in wait for the boy with the shotgun.

He blasted him from a range of less than five feet causing injuries so severe that he suffered a stroke which left him partially paralysed with speech difficulties.

The teenager has told the jury how he had been interested in guns since an early age and had been on regular clay pigeon shoots with his grandfather since the age of 12.

He has denied attempted murder, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life, and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The boy also denies possessing a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence against a neighbour who looked out of his window just seconds after the shooting and claimed that the gun was pointed at him.

But the jury has been told that the boy admits a charge of possessing his grandfather’s shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence to the boy who was shot.

The trial continues.



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