Boy, 16, accused of shooting boy, 15, in the face

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Teen, 16, charged with attempting to kill 15-year-old boy by shooting him in the face, met him in elementary school and went to stay at his home, court hears

  • The 15-year-old victim was shot in the head last year in Kesgrave, near Ipswich
  • His mother told Ipswich Crown Court her son was excited to go back to school
  • The court heard that the boy was in good shape on September 7 before he was shot

The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the face as he walked to school told a court that the teen charged with his attempted murder had previously stayed with her son.

She told Ipswich Crown Court that the boys met in primary school and that the accused had “visited our home a number of times over the years”.

In a police interrogation played out in court, the injured boy’s mother said her son was “excited” to return to school in Kesgrave, near Ipswich, on September 7 last year.

The 15-year-old boy was shot and injured on September 7, 2020, on his way to Kesgrave High School near Ipswich.

A boy, 16, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court, charged with attempted murder of the boy

A boy, 16, is on trial at Ipswich Crown Court, charged with attempted murder of the boy

The court heard that the boy held the gun towards the mother of the injured boy

The court heard that the boy held the gun towards the mother of the injured boy

She said there was “nothing unpleasant” and that her son was “in the smartest and most pleasant shape” that morning, adding: “He was happy.”

She said she heard a “huge bang” after he left for school and then saw her son lying injured on the floor and a boy standing nearby with a gun in hand.

“He held out the gun to me,” said the injured boy’s mother.

“I yelled ‘what have you done’.”

She said the boy “held up the gun with a very smug” look around him.

She said he said nothing, “but the face was like a righteous, ‘I’ve done it now’ kind of thing.”

“It was a very important gesture,” she said.

“It’s not done in speed or haste or tinkering.

“It was very composed and looked straight at me.”

She said the boy then got into a parked car with the gun on the driver’s side and drove off “very orderly.”

She said there was “not even a screeching noise at high speed or a frantic ‘I can’t get this car into gear’, nothing, just straight in and out.”

She said she held her son’s shoulder and said to him, “You’ll be fine.”

Defense attorney Diana Ellis QC told the injured boy’s mother: “I’m suggesting to you that there was a conversation between you and (the defendant’s mother) about the fact (the accused) said he was bullied by your son .’

The woman replied, “I don’t remember it being anything important and I know if it was I would have acted on it.”

About a week before the shooting, jurors at the Ipswich Crown Court were shown messages sent to the injured boy from the suspect's Snapchat account.

About a week before the shooting, jurors at the Ipswich Crown Court were shown messages sent to the injured boy from the suspect’s Snapchat account.

The injured boy’s brother said his brother and the suspect were “inseparable in primary school, they did everything together.”

He said the pair “always got along well, they would always mess around boyishly.”

When asked in his police interrogation if he knew anything that prevented his brother and the accused from being friends, he replied, “I don’t know, no.”

He said that ‘as far as I know they were still friends’.

The jurors were also shown messages sent to the injured boy from the suspect’s Snapchat account about a week before the shooting.

One message read: ‘Catfishing is a dangerous business.’

In a later series of posts, the defendant’s account wrote, “How’s my favorite little greasy/Answer/ Me/ Boy/ Mmmmm, so you chose death.”

A 16-year-old boy denies the attempted murder of a 15-year-old boy and four further charges.

The process continues.

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