Shotgun bought for protection: court told

CHAD Shedden bought a sawn-off shotgun for protection after two incidents that he believed the Raymond Terrace Boys were behind, a witness told Newcastle Supreme Court yesterday.

Bradley White said Mr Shedden, 34, brought the gun to his house to show him about six weeks before Joshua Maynard was shot and killed in Links Drive, Raymond Terrace, before midnight on June 29, 2010.

Mr Shedden was involved in a violent altercation on New Year's Eve, 2009, and was the victim of a break-in on January 6, 2010, that he believed the Raymond Terrace Boys were behind, the jury heard.

Mr Shedden has pleaded not guilty to murdering Mr Maynard, but guilty to manslaughter.

His barrister, Carolyn Davenport, SC, previously told the jury that Mr Shedden was acting in defence of himself and his brother John when he shot Mr Maynard.

Mr White agreed that Mr Maynard was wielding a sword after he got out of a car in Links Drive.

Mr Maynard had bashed a member of the rival gang Lake Side Crew earlier in the night, the jury previously heard.

Daniel Forbes, who said he was a member of Lake Side Crew, said John and Chad Shedden were called in to help them deal with the Raymond Terrace Boys after the bashing.

Mr White said he didn't know Chad Shedden was armed with the gun until seconds before Mr Maynard was shot.

He said Mr Maynard was swinging the sword near John Shedden and said "I'll stab ya, I'll stab ya" before Chad Shedden said "I'll shoot you", then fired.

Mr White was shown a shotgun yesterday and confirmed that it was the gun that Chad Shedden had brought to his house.

The trial before Justice Elizabeth Fullerton continues.

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