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Jesus pendant may have saved shooting victim’s life, court hears

A gold pendant of Jesus may have saved a shooting victim from a bullet to the chest, a court heard yesterday.

A Supreme Court jury was told that the man was shot in the arm, but another round may have been deflected by the gold jewellery he was wearing.

The jury watched a 20-minute video of a police interview with the man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, where he talked about the shooting outside his Pembroke home on the night of March 24, 2020.

The man said the pendant, shaped like the face of Jesus, had deformed and he believed that was because it had been hit by a bullet.

The man told police: “You know how when you melt gold and it turns into a nugget? It looked like that.

“I believe that pendant probably saved me from another bullet.”

Kyari Flood, 22, has denied attempted murder of the man, wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

The trial started last Thursday.

The man told police that he arrived at the home he shared with his girlfriend and her children between 8.30pm and 9pm on the night of the shooting.

He said he watched television for a while and later was about to put his motorcycle in his garage but felt “a weird vibe” as he stood in the doorway of the house.

The victim added that he saw a figure to his right stretch out his arm and shoot at him.

The man said: “I screamed ‘no’ and I ran inside.

“I ran downstairs because the children were upstairs and I didn’t want him to chase me up there.”

The man said that he realised as he ran that he had been wounded in his left arm.

He added that he heard another shot as he ran through the bedroom and into the bathroom.

The man added: “I ran out of the bathroom because I heard my girl screaming.

“I was standing in front of her waiting to see if he would come down but he didn’t.

“My girl started screaming and I guess that scared him off because he ran off.”

The man told police he did not know who the gunman was or why he was targeted.

Marc Daniels, who appeared for the defence, cross-examined the victim’s girlfriend, who started to give evidence last Friday.

The woman, who also cannot be identified, earlier told the court that she recognised it was Mr Flood from his eyes, even though he was masked and wearing a helmet.

She added that she picked him from a police identification parade three days after the shooting.

Mr Daniels asked the woman if she expected to identify Mr Flood when she participated in the ID parade.

He also suggested that she only thought she saw Mr Flood on the night of the incident and “mistakenly identified” him at the ID parade.

But the woman said that was “incorrect”.

She insisted: “I wasn’t looking for Kyari Flood — I was looking for the eyes.”

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Stableford told the court that the identification parade showed images of the faces of ten men from the bridge of the nose up.

He told the court that he took a photograph of Mr Flood for the ID parade and added that he believed it was of better quality than the other photographs used.

Mr Stableford added that he believed the positions of the men in the photographs were consistent with one another and that the photographs were shown on a 42-inch TV screen.

The trial, before Puisne Judge Juan Wolffe, continues.

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