Revenge not motive in Raymond Terrace shooting: court

CHAD Shedden said he wasn't seeking revenge when he was called to his brother's Raymond Terrace home after a young man was bashed earlier in the day, Newcastle Supreme Court heard this morning.

Mr Shedden said the young men who witnessed their friend getting bashed were at his brother's Links Drive home on the night of June 29 and 30, 2010.

He said his brother John wanted the young men out of his house because he was worried that the men who had carried out the bashing earlier in the night might attend John's home.

Chad Shedden said that he picked up his gun from a Raymond Terrace home before he arrived at John's house.

He said he loaded it before he left John's house that night.

Mr Shedden, 34, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of Joshua Maynard, but guilty to manslaughter.

He told the jury yesterday that he pulled the trigger because he was scared.

He said Mr Maynard was swinging a sword about and yelling threats.

Mr Shedden admitted that he over-reacted to the threat.

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