Derby

Kadeem Blackwood murder: 'Shock and panic' at shooting

Kadeem Blackwood
Image caption Kadeem Blackwood drew a knife just before he was shot, the court was told

The shooting of a 15-year-old left the man accused of his murder "shocked and panicking", a court has heard.

Michael Hamblett-Sewell denies ordering the death of Kadeem Blackwood in Caxton Park, Derby, in November 2008, as part of a gang feud.

Derby Crown Court heard Mr Hamblett-Sewell, 26, admitted falling out with Kadeem but insisted he was only aware of a gun moments before it was fired.

Another man is already serving a life sentence for pulling the trigger.

Callum Campbell, who was 19 at the time, was jailed in 2009.

Image caption Michael Hamblett-Sewell claimed to have been expecting a fight, not a shooting

Giving evidence in the first day of his defence at his retrial, Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he had only met Kadeem "a couple of times" but was due to fight him the night before he died. However Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he did not face him because "15 was too young".

Confirming he had gone to Caxton Park, Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he had expected to see a fight and only saw Campbell had a gun at the last minute.

He then told the court he had said "Leave it" but Kadeem had pulled out a knife.

There was then a loud bang and Kadeem fell. Mr Hamblett-Sewell said he was "shocked and panicking" and he then ran off.

Asked why he didn't name Campbell to police, he replied "I am not a grass".

The trial continues.

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