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Court told: ‘It’s warfare. I am the enemy’

A shooting victim told a jury he recognised the gunman who blasted him three times at close range.

Nathan Darrell, who was hit in the neck, chest and thigh, claimed Quincy Brangman made eye contact before opening fire. The person wanted me to see them before they shot me,” Mr Darrell, 23, told Mr Brangman's Supreme Court trial.

“He waited for me, and as soon as I seen him and I looked and it was him, that was it. He blasted a shot right in my face. I didn't even know I had been shot.”

Mr Darrell was attacked as he sat in a car outside his home in Kitchener Close, Sandys, rolling a spliff and talking on the phone after returning from a night out.

He told the jury he'd seen Mr Brangman, 32, numerous times before the incident in the early hours of February 13 and recognised his face.

Prosecutor Kirsty-Ann Kiellor quizzed him over his relationship with Mr Brangman and why he could have bad feeling towards him.

“It ain't no relationship, it's warfare. I am the enemy,” replied Mr Darrell.

He accused Mr Brangman of making threats towards him in the past. Asked what the warfare was about, Mr Darrell replied: “I don't know. I can't even speculate. I'm not going to say I don't step on people's toes because I do, but I defend what's right.”

He went on to add: “I don't need a crew. I don't have a crew. It's me against them and I never showed them no respect.”

Mr Darrell did not define what he meant by “them” other than a comment that “I defend what's right and these people defend badness, it's evil, they've wicked hearts”.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves instructed the jury to ignore the comment.

According to Mr Darrell, he was parked near his home a short time before the shooting when a black-clad motorcyclist with a full-face visor rode up to his car and looked in.

The person rode off round a corner, and Mr Darrell - who “felt that something was wrong” followed. He saw someone standing next to the bike, a Yamaha Sniper, and relaxed because he thought it was one of his friends.

The rider came up to his car window and Mr Darrell explained that he looked up to greet the person but saw a gun pointing at him.

“The gun just went off in my face. Pow. The glass just shattered in my face,” he said, telling the court the shooter was within two feet with his visor up.

He then gestured from the witness box towards Mr Brangman in the nearby dock and told the jury: “His face was visible. That guy right there. Him right there. He f*****g waited for me and when I looked into his face he pulled the trigger on me.”

Mr Darrell ran to his house for help as the gunman rode off. Detailing the journey to the hospital, he explained: “I was just thinking I can't die. This ain't it. It's not that time. I was just thinking ‘why, why' and I was just asking God to forgive me for everything.

“I begged Him and begged Him and I pleaded with Him, and I was saying ‘my sons. I can't leave my sons like this'.”

Mr Brangman, of Cook's Hill Road, Sandys, denies attempted murder and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence. The case continues.

Photo by Glenn Tucker Quincy Brangman is escorted from Supreme Court yesterday where he is on trial for attempted murder.

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Published December 07, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:30 am)

Court told: ‘It’s warfare. I am the enemy’

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