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Man 'shot brothers' after New Year pub row in Croydon

A man shot at three family members, killing one, after being thrown out of a New Year's Eve party at their pub in south London, the Old Bailey has heard.

Saturday Hassan is alleged to have shot brothers Darren and Junior Deslandes at the Newton Arms in Croydon.

And when he ran into their father, Wintworth, he shot at him but the gun jammed, prosecutors have claimed.

Mr Hassan, 30, of Sydenham, south London, denies murder, two counts of attempted murder and a firearms charge.

Darren, 34, died instantly on 1 January when the bullet went into his brain and he was shot twice in his arms.

'Exceptionally lucky'

Junior was shot five times while being held in an arm lock, but the 26-year-old has made a "miraculous" recovery with three bullets still lodged in his head, the court was told.

"That he somehow did not suffer the same ultimate fate as his brother, and survived, is little short of miraculous," prosecutor Edward Brown QC said.

Junior and his father were "exceptionally lucky to be alive", he added.

Mr Brown said Mr Hassan had been at a New Year party at the pub, run by the Deslandes family, in Queen's Road.

After being thrown out at 0500 GMT following a row, Mr Hassan was "plainly incensed" and returned with a loaded gun before opening fire, Mr Brown said.

The trial continues.

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