A musician accused of shooting a teenager who was found on a grass verge in Borehamwood today (Monday, September 27) said he was not the gunman.
Sean Price, 24, from Ipswich, told a jury at St Albans Crown Court: “At no time did I fire that gun. Never.”
The victim, who was 16 at the time, was shot in the neck and left paralysed from the chest down on Cranes Way, Borehamwood at around 10.45pm on August 4 last year.
Prosecutor Max Hardy alleged that Price was the driver of a Smart car who fired a shot that hit the boy, who was a front-seat passenger in a Ford Fusion.
But in the witness box the musician, who goes by the name Sess Finesse, said he had arranged to meet the people in the Focus to sell them a gun for £2,000.
He said he had been “intoxicated” on drugs when he posed with the gun to make Snapchat videos to send to a “select few” who might want to buy it.
Price said the sale of the gun had been arranged by a ‘middle man’.
“I had no contact with them directly,” he said.
He said the sale, in which he was short-changed, took place at around 10.35pm on the night of the shooting.
In an informal interview with the police at hospital a week later, the boy that was shot, who is now 17, said he had been in the Ford Fusion with friends and was coming back to Borehamwood from the Barnet area.
He told the police the gunman was alone in a Smart car. He said he did not know his name and had not seen him before.
Mr Hardy said: “He said the gunman had a black pistol. He said there were two shots and he was hit by the first.”
When the police and paramedics arrived, two others who had been in the Focus said they had “chanced upon” the victim in the street.
“That is not an account that is truthful,” said the prosecutor.
He said the Fusion was given away for scrap after the shooting and was destroyed at European Metal Recycling in Willesden.
Mr Hardy said that on August 12, Sean Price was arrested at the wheel of a black Smart car.
Price, of Rushmore Road, Ipswich, denies attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Co-defendant Monet O’Shea, 23, of Grey’s Gable, Cedar Close, Borehamwood, denies perverting the course of justice by disposing of the firearm.
Price and O’Shea jointly deny conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by destroying Price’s clothing.
Courtney Leeds, 18, of Beethoven Road, Elstree, denies perverting the course of justice by contacting people involved in the investigation.
After the shooting, Price is alleged to have made comments on social media about “cooling off” and “(I) hit up the wrong youth the other day.”
When O’Shea visited Price, who was being held on remand in Peterborough jail, their conversations were bugged.
Mr Hardy said they talked about moving “the thing”, which he alleged was the gun.