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Man accused of doorstep shooting

PUBLISHED: 11:09 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 10:17 12 August 2010

A SHOOTING victim survived with a few broken teeth after a hooded gunman opened fire on his doorstep, a court heard.  Mark Williams, 35, allegedly blasted Paul Seymour, of Jasmine Grove, Anerley, in the mouth after going to his house to settle an argument

A SHOOTING victim survived with a few broken teeth after a hooded gunman opened fire on his doorstep, a court heard.

Mark Williams, 35, allegedly blasted Paul Seymour, of Jasmine Grove, Anerley, in the mouth after going to his house to settle an argument.

Mr Seymour, 42, collapsed on the floor but was able to spit out some of his shattered teeth before he slipped out of consciousness.

The pair had agreed to meet on Good Friday, April 6 last year, the Old Bailey was told last Wednesday.

Mr Seymour and his partner Hayley Auker suspected Williams of abusive behaviour towards Miss Auker's 19-year-old daughter Laura Spatchurst, who was the defendant's girlfriend at the time.

After a series of telephone conversations Williams told Mr Seymour he would meet him at his home to sort out the dispute.

Jurors heard that Mr Seymour went to a nearby pub where he met a friend, Eugene Lacy.

The duo then returned to the house and Mr Seymour took a knife from his kitchen and put it in the lining of his trousers, before going back outside.

Williams arrived at the scene at around 10.30pm with another man.

Reliving the moment he was shot, Mr Seymour told the court: "He just walked towards me up the other side of the road. He was wearing dark clothing with a hooded top. There was someone else with him as well, but I didn't take no notice of him.

"I pulled the knife out and I saw he pulled a gun. When he pulled the gun I said, 'If you're going to do it, do it.'

He was about six or seven feet away from me. Then it went blank. I just saw a red flash and then I was on the floor."

Asked if he felt any pain, Mr Seymour said: "No, it happened too quickly. I remember lying on the floor spitting things out, and I don't remember much more. Next thing I knew I woke up in hospital."

Miss Auker, who was in the house at the time, called for an ambulance at 10.38pm and Mr Seymour was taken to hospital but released 24 hours later with six broken teeth.

Police examined the scene where they found a single .38-calibre lead bullet.

Ballistics experts believe it was from an "improvised firearm".

Following the attack, Williams was placed on a police wanted list, but it wasn't until August 9 that he was arrested, after being recognised by a police community support officer. At first he gave a false name and date of birth.

Williams, of no fixed address, denies attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

The trial continues.

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