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Target says man in dock not the shooter.

Byline: EXAMINER News Correspondent

A LOWERHOUSES man has gone on trial accused of involvement in a drive-by shooting incident in Newsome earlier this year.

But the alleged victim told a crown court jury that Kevin Wilson wasn't the gunman.

Godwin Bartholomew said he knew Wilson and his car and the shot had not been fired from his vehicle during the broad daylight incident in March.

Wilson, 36, of Oakenbank Crescent, has denied charges of affray and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Mr Bartholomew told Bradford Crown Court that he and Wilson had had an argument earlier that afternoon in the Lidl car park and that Wilson's silver Lexus had followed him when he drove to a friend's house in the Ruth Street area.

Mr Bartholomew said he was on the pavement using his mobile phone when he saw the barrel of a gun pointing from a car.

During questioning by prosecutor Alexander Menary, Mr Bartholomew said he couldn't describe the vehicle and couldn't see who was holding the gun.

Mr Bartholomew said he then heard a bang and ducked.

After the shooting he said the car drove off and he went to a nearby pub for a drink because he was a bit nervous.

Under cross-examination by Wilson's barrister Kevin Toomey, Mr Bartholomew accepted that during the incident in the Lidl car park he had hit Wilson with a walking stick and that later they exchanged abuse in Ruth Street before they heard a bang.

"The barrel of the gun was not coming out of Kevin Wilson's car was it?" asked Mr Toomey.

"No," replied Mr Bartholomew.

Mr Bartholomew was asked further questions by Mr Menary about a statement he gave to the police after the incident in March in which he suggested that he knew the male responsible and it was a family dispute.

But the court heard that at the time of the statement Mr Bartholomew indicated that he was not prepared to name the person involved and didn't want to assist the police investigation.

"You must have anticipated you would be coming to a trial today," suggested Mr Menary.

Mr Bartholomew replied: "I heard about it but I told the police officers I wasn't interested."

Mr Bartholomew told Mr Toomey that he was probably drunk when he made his police statement.

The court heard evidence from motorist Philip Gould who came across the scene of the shooting and said he was able to remember a partial number plate for the car involved although he could not give the make of the silver vehicle.

He described how he reversed his own car after seeing the shotgun discharged and told the court that he remembered seeing T989 on the number plate.

But Mr Toomey suggested to Mr Gould that the number plate did not relate to the car from which the shot was fired, but to another vehicle whose driver was involved in an argument with the man on the pavement.

"You're wrong," said Mr Gould. The jury has heard that Wilson told police he had gone to the Newsome area, but he drove off in fear after hearing a loud bang.

No firearm was found during a search of Wilson's home.

The trial continues.

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* SHOOTING SCENE: Police sealed off Ruth Street, Newsome, after the shooting
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2012
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