Jury told of phone calls made after shooting
A JURY has been told of telephone contact between two murderers and three men accused of helping them evade justice.
Bristol Crown Court has heard Londoners Shakah Anderson and Rickel Adams were in a gun fight on Stapleton Road, which left 21-year-old Rico Gordon dead.
Police scrutinised telephone records which showed the gunmen were in contact with Sean Youngsam, Courtney Ellis and Tafari Adams that night, and how all the men returned to London on the M4 motorway.
Anderson and Rickel Adams were both convicted of the killing and jailed for life following a trial last year.
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Now there is a further trial in which Youngsam, 26 and Ellis, 28, deny assisting Anderson to leave Bristol an hour after the shooting which followed St Paul's Carnival in July 2011.
Adams, 29, who is Rickel Adams' uncle, denies assisting Adams to get out of town immediately.
A court order has been made banning the addresses of the accused from being published.
Lyndsey Menear, a senior criminal intelligence analyst, focused the jury on telephone call records after the shooting, which occurred at just gone 4am.
It is claimed telephone records as well as CCTV establish Anderson was using a borrowed phone to communicate with Ellis, as Ellis was being driven around the back roads of Easton by Youngsam in a black Ford Puma.
The Crown claims that Anderson was able to meet the men and get a lift back to London with them.
It is also claimed that telephone records after the shooting show that Rickel Adams, his uncle Tafari and their friend Farelle Gordon drove from Bristol to London in Tafari's hired Alfa Romeo and arrived at Ealing Hospital at 5.22am, where a shot and wounded Rickel Adams was filmed by CCTV attending for treatment.
The prosecution bases its evidence on analysis of how the men's mobile phone calls were enabled via telephone masts running the length of the M4.
The jury heard a statement from Anna Gordon, Mr Gordon's mother, who told how she had received hysterical phone calls telling her that her son had been shot in the head.
She described how one upset caller said: "Anna, I think he's dead, I think he's dead."
Mrs Gordon said how, with her head spinning, she travelled from London to Bristol hoping the callers had got it wrong and her son was on a life support machine.
The accused men are due to start giving their evidence from today.
The case continues.