Drug runner who was shot in the face during Crookhorn ‘ambush’ demands justice

James Sibley
James Sibley

A DRUG runner has called for justice after being shot in face in an alleged attack by a rival gang during a turf war.

James Sibley suffered a life-changing head injury in the attack in Athena Avenue, Crookhorn, on February 13 last year when he was shot in the face and head after being lured outside a block of flats around 1am.

Jurors heard Mr Sibley’s version of events via video interviews conducted in March last year.

Mr Sibley said: ‘I remember opening the door and them running at me.

‘He was going somewhere inside his coat.

‘I don’t remember seeing a gun, I just know he pulled a gun out and shot me.

‘I wish I could remember more.’

The 35-year-old needed major reconstructive surgery at Southampton General Hospital following the incident.

He added: ‘I want justice.

‘To get shot in the head, I am disgusted by it - that is what I am.’

Jordan Perry, 27, of Acacia Road, Mitcham, Surrey, Jordan Smith, 22, of Lysander Gardens, Surbiton, London and Ricardo Livingston-Wright, 31, of Selsfield Road, Brighton, are on trial at Winchester Crown Court.

They deny attempted murder, causing grievance bodily harm and possession of a firearm.

Sara Hodgkinson, 32, of Magpie Walk, Waterlooville, is on trial for assisting an offence after she was alleged to have set up Mr Sibley. She denies the charge.

The court heard from Mr Sibley that Hodgkinson had arranged to meet him outside his flat.

He said: ‘She knows something. She set this up to make it happen.’

On Friday the court was told how conflict exploded between the defendants’ gang, The Big G, and the network Mr Sibley was a runner for – known as Arron Tony.

Both gangs were London based but had regional operations and Prosecutor Adam Feest QC said The Big G hit back after a robbery against Big G territory was blamed on Arron Tony.

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