A POLICE officer has told a court how he desperately tried to save the life of a man shot in the head allegedly by a rival drugs gang.
PC Marcus Morley was the first on the scene of the shooting and found Jahmel Jones’ motionless body in the doorway of a Southampton flat.
Winchester Crown Court heard how he and his colleague PC Dale Douglas, were responding to a 999 call in St Mary Street in the city centre and walked in to find blood up the stairs and Jahmel lying face down with a “severe trauma” to the right hand side of his head.
CPR effort Giving evidence in the witness box, he told jurors how he could see blood coming from the dad-of-one’s ears and quickly got down on his knees to begin giving CPR along with his colleagues.
He described how one officer carried out chest compressions, and the effort to save Jahmel, who was known as ‘Lucky’ to his friends, continued for about ten minutes until paramedics arrived.
“We assisted the paramedics and managed to get him on to a stretcher, down the stairs and in the back of the ambulance,” said PC Morley, who travelled with Jahmel to hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11.55am.
The court yesterday also heard claims from one of the accused’s barristers who suggested that Jahmel had himself provoked the trouble with the men accused of killing him, suggesting he had gone looking for them knowing that there would be trouble.
Timothy Raggatt, defending Isaac Boateng, one of the three men accused of murdering Jahmel, 23, made the suggestion as eye witness Jason Hoitt finished giving his evidence to the court.
Mr Hoitt refuted his claims, stressing Mr Jones opened the door and the pair entered the property where he was killed.
He has previously told the court that he watched as two shots were fired by Orlebar-Forbes, the man he claims was holding the gun.
The court proceedings had to be briefly adjourned for a break at the request of Mr Hoitt, who told barristers after repeated questioning: “All you care about is your bank account, I’ve seen this on TV.
“They don’t care about anyone.
“They care about a bottle of sherry, they don’t care about the victims.”