Jury resumes deliberations in Kesgrave shooting trial

A teenager remains in critical condition in Addenbrooke's Hospital after being shot on his way to sc

The jury has resumed deliberations in the Kesgrave shooting trial - Credit: Archant

The jury in the trial of a teenage boy accused of attempted murder after shooting a friend in the face with a shotgun in Kesgrave has resumed its deliberations at Ipswich Crown Court today.

The  jury retired to consider its verdicts on Monday and on Thursday Judge Martyn Levett directed that it could now return majority verdicts on which at least ten of them agreed. 

He asked the panel to continue to try and reach each unanimous verdicts but if it was unable to do so he would accept majority verdicts.

The defendant, who was 15 at the time of the shooting but is now 16 and cannot be named due to his age, has denied attempted murder, possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing a shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence against a man who witnessed the incident.

The jury has been told that he has admitted possessing a shotgun with intent to cause the victim of the shooting fear of violence.

During the trial it has been alleged that the teenager drove his father's car to Friends Walk in Kesgrave on September 7 last year and shot the other boy in the face at close range. 

The victim, who was also aged 15 at the time, was on his way to school in Kesgrave on the first day of term and suffered life-changing injuries. 

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Giving evidence during the trial the defendant said his intention had not been to shoot the other boy in the face, kill him, or do him really serious harm, but to "scare" him.

He previously told the court that bullying by the other boy had damaged his self confidence and left him feeling upset and humiliated.