Colchester drive-by shooting accused blame each other

TP Bar
Image caption The alleged shooting left damage to the wall of the TP Sports Bar

Two men accused of taking part in a drive-by shooting outside a bar have blamed each other for the incident.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard three shots were fired outside the TP Sports Bar in Colchester last September.

Dean Edwards, 39, of Convent Close, Braintree, and Michael Cooper, 40, of Russell Road, Clacton, deny possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Mr Cooper, also denies having a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

The trial heard from former soldier Kristian Williams, who was on duty as a doorman at the bar in Queen Street, who said Mr Edwards had been in an argument about a drink he claimed was removed before it was finished.

The jury were shown CCTV of Mr Edwards leaving the bar, and footage from some time later which showed a golden coloured Rover car driving past.

Four minutes later, the same car is again seen passing the bar, this time with a puff of smoke visible. The jury was told the puff of smoke was from a gunshot.

The same car passed the bar five times in total.

Mr Edwards claims the incident was Mr Cooper's idea. Mr Cooper claims he was made to take part.

Giving evidence, Mr Cooper told the jury he had experienced mental health issues for the last 20 years and took medication three times a day.

The trial continues.

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