A teenage boxer was gunned down in the street amid a friend’s ‘violent’ dispute over a woman, a trial jury has been told.
Cole Kershaw, 18, died after being shot in the chest in Chesham Road, Bury, on August 12 of last year.
Kamran Mohammed, 19, of Kingsdale Close, Bury; Mohammed Izaarh Khan, 21, of Palace Street, Bury; and Khayam Ali Khurshid, 28, of Eton Hill Road, Bury, have gone on trial accused of murder, which they deny.
They also deny a second charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Raheem Hall, 19, of Hardfield Street, Heywood, denies possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, but admits a second charge of assisting an offender.
Jurors at Manchester Crown Court today heard that Cole was shot while trying to run away from a car crash following a chase.
Prosecutor Jason Pitter QC said that at about 9.30pm, a Ford Mondeo car, which Cole and four others were travelling in, was being pursued by a silver BMW through the streets of Bury.
The court was told that shots were fired from the BMW, which the defendants are alleged to have been in, during the chase.
Mr Pitter said: “Whilst that may seem dramatic and like a scene from a movie, this was very much the real deal with real consequences.”
Jurors heard that when the two cars crashed, Cole and four others got out of the Mondeo and tried to flee.
A further shot is alleged to have been fired from the BMW, which struck Cole in the side of the chest, damaging the main artery to his heart.
Mr Pitter added: “While he was able to run a few yards further, he collapsed at the scene and despite attempts to save his life, he was to die from his injuries.”
Jurors heard that the alleged killing came amid an ‘ongoing dispute’ between Cole’s friend, Spencer Woods, and Mr Mohammed.
Prosecutors allege the pair had fallen out over a young woman Mr Woods had previously dated. They said she had since become ‘a girlfriend of sorts’ to Mr Mohammed but maintained a close relationship with Mr Woods.
Mr Pitter told the jury: “That caused tensions, which increased in the months preceding the shooting, and which may have had much to do with macho flexing between the two of them.
In April of last year, the court heard how Mr Woods was attacked by a group of masked men, which he claims included two of the defendants, Mr Mohammed and Mr Khurshid.
A group, armed with baseball bats and machetes, approached Mr Woods while he was alone in his car, before dragging him from the vehicle and attacking him.
He reportedly sustained serious injuries, which left him requiring hospital treatment.
Mr Pitter explained that Woods refused to help police investigating the attack due to fear of ‘being labelled a grass’.
Mr Mohammed is said to have later admitted his involvement to the young woman involved in the dispute as he ‘expressed his dislike of Mr Woods and his associates’.
On August 8, the court heard how Mr Mohammed threatened the young woman with a gun at her home, telling her: “You think you can have more than one boyfriend.”
A few days later, Mr Woods then sent a video of him destroying a gift Mr Mohammed had bought for her, said Mr Pitter.
It is alleged that in the early hours of August 12, the day Cole was shot, Mr Mohammed then showed up outside the woman’s home while Mr Woods was there.
After he returned later that day, ‘cross words’ were exchanged between Mr Woods and Mr Mohammed.
When the young woman involved in the dispute asked Mr Mohammed whether he was responsible for Cole’s death, the court heard he told her: “He deserved it.”
Several days later, Mr Mohammed was allegedly heard to tell someone: “I let off two shots and the third one hit him. The wrong person got shot.”
Khayam Ali Khurshid allegedly fled the country and was arrested in Amsterdam while trying to make his way to Pakistan via Dubai.
After being arrested, he admitted being in the area on the night of Cole’s death but claimed he played no part in it
Kamran Mohammed was arrested on August 26. He has since pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but denies murder.
The trial continues.