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Witness ‘saw man in her yard’ after killing

A man wearing a crash helmet and dark clothing was spotted walking away from Southampton Rangers Sports Club just moments after a gunman had murdered a man outside the club.

Donna Burrows, who lives in a property neighbouring Southampton Rangers, told jurors she saw the man walk across her yard when she went to lock her door after hearing the gunshots ring out.

Shantoine Prinston Burrows is accused of murdering Rickai Swan and injuring his friend, Damiko Gibbons, when he opened fire outside the sports club at about 10.40pm on October 23.

Yesterday was the third day of the Supreme Court trial.

“I was at home watching television when I heard two pop sounds, then I waited and there were another two or three,” Ms Burrows said.

“I realised they were gunshots so I went to lock my door. In the process of doing that I saw someone walking through my yard going towards Horseshoe Road.

“Then I heard a bike start up and it seemed like it was going in the direction of Camp Hill.”

Ms Burrows told the court that she only caught a glimpse of the person as he walked across her yard, but she believed it was a black male of about 5 ft 7 ins in height. Prosecutors allege that Mr Burrows fled the Southampton Rangers Club after the shooting on a motorbike that he then dumped on Spice Hill Road in Warwick.

Jurors heard from Sergeant Pete Thompson who forensically examined the motorbike testing it for gunshot residue as well as DNA.

Sergeant Thompson told the court that he took GSR swabs from both handles as well as the seat, which were then sent abroad for testing.

Mr Burrows, 24, denies murdering Mr Swan, using a firearm to commit murder, wounding Mr Gibbons with intent to cause him grievous bodily harm and using a firearm to commit that offence.

A second defendant, Taj Browne, 22, denies being an accessory after the fact to murder. He is alleged to have given Mr Burrows a lift after the shooting.

The trial continues.

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