Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunman Blasted Rival in Head with a Shotgun

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gunman Blasted Rival in Head with a Shotgun

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Byline: ROB KENNEDY Court Reporter

GUNMAN Peter McStravick is facing a lengthy jail sentence after he was convicted of blasting a rival in the back of the head and neck with a shotgun on his doorstep.

Victim Dean Barber was having a bowl of cereal in the early hours of the morning when he was goaded to come outside by the armed thug.

McStravick, who had been in dispute with Mr Barber, pulled the trigger and hit him in the head and neck, leaving him covered in blood.

The victim managed to crawl back into his house in County Durham and his horrified mum saw he was seriously injured.

Now McStravick, 33, has been found guilty of attempting to murder Mr Barber and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He showed no reaction as the verdicts were delivered at Newcastle Crown Court and was further remanded in custody ahead of sentence. Mr Justice Jacobs said he wanted pre-sentence reports to assess the issue of dangerousness.

Jurors were told the Barber family had been disturbed in August last year when Mr Barber's car was set on fire outside the family's home.

Rupert Doswell, prosecuting, told the court at the start of the trial how trouble had flared in the early hours of Sunday, August 19, last year in Coronation Road, Wingate.

Jurors heard there were confrontations and police had been out but within five minutes of officers leaving the scene, McStravick, who was staying at a house in the same street, is said to have opened fire with a shotgun, firing 40 pellets into Mr Barber's head, neck and back.

Mr Doswell said: "Dean Barber put down his bowl of cereal and opened the front door and walked outside.

"As Dean Barber went outside, (his mother) Anne Barber told police she saw the male, later identified by her as McStravick, through the front window. …

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