Drug dealer denies debt feud shooting
PUBLISHED: 15:59 20 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 12 August 2010
A DRUG dealer told the Old Bailey that he did not owe cash to a mechanic shot dead over a £24,000 narcotics debt. John Seton, 24, allegedly blasted 29-year-old Jon Bartlett in the face with a 12-bore shotgun after the pair agreed to meet in a quiet back
A DRUG dealer told the Old Bailey that he did not owe cash to a mechanic shot dead over a £24,000 narcotics debt.
John Seton, 24, allegedly blasted 29-year-old Jon Bartlett in the face with a 12-bore shotgun after the pair agreed to meet in a quiet back road in Chislehurst.
Mr Bartlett ran his own garage, JB Crash Repairs in Erith, but after his death police found documents linking him to the sale and purchase of batches of cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines and cannabis.
Among the paperwork was a reference to Mr Bartlett owing Seton £24,000, the Old Bailey has heard.
In the days before the shooting, on March 31, 2006, there was frequent phone contact between the two men before a meeting just after 7.30pm near Chislehurst Common when Mr Bartlett was shot dead.
But on Monday Seton, a self-confessed drug dealer, insisted that he had not lured the victim to his death and said he had not killed the victim.
Seton told jurors he had carried out a string of drug deals worth thousands with Mr Bartlett in the past.
He denied owing Mr Bartlett large sums for drug transactions.
He said: "He owed me for a separate transaction which would have cancelled it out." Seton insisted he did not ever carry a gun. Seton's friend Lee Osborne, 25, is said to have handed over a new phone and driven Seton to his flat in Egham, Surrey, before taking him to new accommodation in Bromley several days later, before Seton fled the countryto Holland.
There he is said to have lived under a false name until his arrest in May last year. He was extradited back to the UK and charged.
Osborne was arrested and interviewed twice but made no comment to police and was also charged in May last year. Seton, from Yalding and formerly of Chislehurst denies murder.
Osborne, who used addresses in Egham, Surrey, The Exchange, Bromley and Duddington Court, Mottingham, denies assisting an offender.
The trial continues.