A shooting victim has told of the moment he says he was blasted at point blank range during an alleged assassination attempt in Bury St Edmunds.
Ipswich Crown Court heard details of how Jonathan Catchpole staggered to a neighbour’s flat to get help.
Mr Catchpole suffered a severe wound to his chest and was airlifted to hospital where doctors removed 42 shotgun pellets.
It is alleged that three men who burst into Mr Catchpole’s first-floor flat on August 4 last year were part of a £12,500 attempted contract killing on behalf of his ex girlfriend’s father.
In a recorded police interview played to the court, Mr Catchpole said: “They were all saying different things and trying to grab me. I shouted “help, help” and they tried to put their hands over my mouth. I noticed one of them had a sawn-off shotgun.
“I felt someone hitting me over the head and felt some warm blood coming down the side of my face. There was a tussle in the hallway and I was doing my best to grab the shotgun and push it up.”
The struggle moved into a bedroom where Mr Catchpole said while he was continuing to attempt to keep the gun away from him the gunman told him that someone “wanted him dead.”
Mr Catchpole later told the jury: “Then I heard a bang and there was a smell. I looked down and there was a hole in my chest with blood spurting out.”
On trial are Simon Webber, 31, of Sydenham Close, Bridgwater; Frank Warren, 51, of Victoria Road, Dorchester; Andrew Seaton, 40, of Frome View, Maiden Newton; Paul Baker, 35, of Neils View, Maiden Newton and Colin Deferia, 59, of Battisford Road, Barking, Suffolk who have all pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to murder.
Webber, who is alleged to have pulled the trigger, Warren and Seaton, who are alleged to have been the other two men who were present when the shooting took place, have also denied attempted murder.
The jury have been told that Webber has pleaded guilty to a charge of possession of an prohibited firearm.
The prosecution allege that Deferia organised the shooting following the break-up of a relationship between his daughter and Mr Catchpole and paved the way for the attempt on his life with a string of threats and intimidation.
None of the three men who arrived at Mr Catchpole’s flat with the intention of killing him had covered their faces because they did not expect him to survive, said Andrew Jackson, prosecuting.
The trial continues.