21st Apr, 2021

Teenager accused of shooting man in face to stand trial in October

A TEENAGER accused of shooting a man in the face during an incident in Grosvenor Road last month is to stand trial in October.

The 16-year-old, who is from Rugby but cannot be named because of his age, appeared at Warwick Crown Court on Wednesday (March 24).

He had been due to enter pleas to charges of attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The boy had been arrested following an incident in Grosvenor Road at around 5pm on Saturday February 27.

A man in his 20s was allegedly shot in the face, but was said not to have suffered serious injury.

But at the request of his barrister Andrew Tucker, the charges were not put to the boy, who the court heard had not been in trouble before.

Asking for the case to be adjourned, he explained: “It has been very difficult for his solicitor to get a decent appointment to take instructions from him.”

And David Jackson, prosecuting, pointed out that a 17-year-old had also been arrested but was released on police bail pending further investigation.

Agreeing to adjourn the hearing until May, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano asked: “In the meantime, is there any benefit in putting in a trial date?”

The barristers confirmed that there was, and after enquiries had been made, the judge said the first available date for the trial was October 18.

Adjourning the case, she remanded the 16-year-old in custody, but was told by Mr Tucker that a bail application may be made ‘in due course.’

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