Norfolk dog row couple 'could have been killed'

A couple could have been killed when their neighbour shot them in a row over a dog, a court has been told.

Kevin Barrett wounded David and Susan Venn after their dog made his wife Janice "ill with fear", Norwich Crown Court heard.

Mr Barrett, 57, of High Street, Nordelph, denies the attempted murder of Mr and Mrs Venn in June 2010.

He admits wounding Mr Venn with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, but denies wounding Mrs Venn with intent.

The jury heard Mr Barrett confronted the couple with a shotgun when they arrived at their home, built by Mr Barrett, in the High Street.

He smashed their car windscreen with a spade then shot Mr Venn in the hand and Mrs Venn in the back, the court heard.

Wife 'petrified'

Firearms expert Abigail Hannam told the court that the shots could have caused lethal injuries.

Jurors heard that Mr Venn had blocked pellets with his hand after getting out of the car to face Mr Barrett.

The defendant had begged his neighbours not to have the mastiff-rottweiler because his wife was "petrified", the court heard.

The Venns' decision to keep the dog - which came from an animal rescue centre - destroyed the couples' close relationship overnight, jurors were told.

Mr Barrett got very angry, tried to feed the dog a poisoned sausage, smashed a piece of garden furniture, told the Venns that the problem was putting a strain on his marriage and said he would "do for them", jurors heard.

The hearing continues on Monday.

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