Jurors shown the scene of fatal shooting after carnival
JURORS in the trial of three men accused of assisting the killers of a man after St Paul's Carnival have been shown the scene of the fatal shooting.
They were taken on a visit to Stapleton Road, where Rico Gordon was shot in the head late after the carnival in July 2011.
Londoners Shakah Anderson and Rickel Adams were both convicted of the killing and jailed for life following a trial last year.
Now three London men said to have tried to help them evade justice are on trial at Bristol Crown Court.
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Sean Youngsam, 26, and Courtney Ellis, 28, deny assisting Anderson to leave Bristol an hour after the shooting in July 2011.
Tafari Adams, 29, who is Rickel Adams' uncle, denies assisting Adams to get out of town immediately.
It is claimed Youngsam, driving a Ford Puma and in league with Ellis, picked up Anderson from the backstreets of Easton an hour after Mr Gordon was gunned down in the crossfire of a gunfight in Stapleton Road.
The Crown says Adams, driving a hired Alfa Romeo, drove his nephew Rickel from the scene moments after the exchange of fire.
The jury has been told two groups of men travelled from London to Bristol for carnival festivities.
It is claimed Youngsam and Ellis drove from London to Bristol in a group including Shakah Anderson in a convoy of three Ford Pumas and one Ford Fiesta.
It is claimed Tafari Adams drove from London to Bristol in a second group including Rico Gordon.
Tafari Adams' nephew, Rickel Adams, travelled from London separately but telephone records confirmed he met up with the second group, the court heard.
Kate Brunner, prosecuting, has told how members of the two groups clashed in the Coach House pub but there was nothing to suggest it was a pre-arranged meeting or there was bad blood between the groups before.
Detective Sergeant Sim Cryer, a police imaging specialist, took the jury through several CCTV clips tracking the two groups' entry to the packed pub, their movements during a confrontation inside when some gestured they were armed, and their departure from the front and back exits.
The jury heard a statement from Maya Jama, Mr Gordon's girlfriend, who said she had been communicating with him regarding him staying at her home that night.
She said: "He said he was on Stapleton Road. I thought he was at the Black Swan or the Coach House. I could hear people in the background and music.
"I gave him Dad's Cabs number. I recall being on the phone to him. I heard a bang like a gunshot and then the line went dead and I thought he must have dropped the phone."
Ms Jama said that, shortly after, she found out her boyfriend had been shot dead and when her mother drove her to Stapleton Road the area was sealed off.
The case continues.