Tyne & Wear

Sunderland man admits shooting boy in head on motorbike

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Image caption The shooting happened on Hewitt Avenue, Sunderland on Wednesday evening

A man has admitted shooting a 15-year-old boy in the head.

Steven Thompson, 39, shot the teenager, who was riding on the back of a motorcycle, on Hewitt Avenue in Sunderland in October.

Thompson admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an air rifle without a firearms certificate, at Newcastle Crown Court.

The victim suffered a "serious head wound" and was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Thompson, of Hewitt Avenue, also admitted another firearms charge but denied perverting the course of justice. He has been remanded in custody.

A teenager who was charged in connection with the incident has been bailed.

The driver of the motorbike was not hurt in the attack.

The case was adjourned until sentencing on 25 April.

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