Gun vic­tim: ‘I knew it was a shotty’

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - NI­CHOLAS MCELROY

A GOLD Coast shoot­ing vic­tim says he was try­ing to fight a for­mer mate “like a man” when he was al­legedly shot af­ter a sawn-off weapon was pulled on him in Nerang.

James Boulden faced a com­mit­tal hear­ing in South­port Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day af­ter be­ing charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm and pos­sess­ing a short­ened firearm over the shoot­ing of Matthew Pas­coe in April.

Mag­is­trate Gary Fin­ger warned Mr Pas­coe to stop star­ing at his ac­cused shooter when he walked into the court­room for cross-ex­am­i­na­tion.

“I knew it was a shotty (shot­gun) as soon as I got shot,” Mr Pas­coe said.

“All I re­mem­ber is that it was a short­ened firearm.”

Un­der cross-ex­am­i­na­tion by bar­ris­ter Marty Longhurst, in­structed by Moloney MacCal­lum Ab­delshahied Lawyers, Mr Pas­coe said he was sur­prised when the gun was al­legedly pulled on him.

“I walked up to the car for a fight, you know, to use these,” said Mr Pas­coe, mo­tion­ing to his fists.

“And a gun gets pulled on me. It was pointed at my face for about a sec­ond, and it got pulled down and I got shot in the legs.”

Mr Longhurst asked Mr Pas­coe if any­thing was said by Boulden be­fore the gun was fired. “I’m not 100 per cent sure on what it was, might have been ‘you dog’, or some­thing,” Mr Pas­coe said.

“I was prob­a­bly a me­tre or two away from the car, I walked up to have a fight like a man and a gun gets pulled on me.”

He said he was un­happy with the whole si­t­u­a­tion.

“To be hon­est this is the last thing I want to do, he was my mate,” Mr Pas­coe said as two se­cu­rity guards stood out­side the court­room door.

Ear­lier this year Mr Pas­coe told po­lice he had been on his skate­board on Mortensen Rd when he saw Boulden pull up be­side him in a grey Audi.

Fol­low­ing the shoot­ing, po­lice said Mr Pas­coe suf­fered mul­ti­ple wounds to both legs from shrap­nel from the weapon. He also sus­tained a com­pound frac­ture to his calf bone.

Boulden did not en­ter a plea yes­ter­day.

The mat­ter was com­mit­ted to the South­port Dis­trict Court at a date to be set.

IT WAS POINTED AT MY FACE FOR ABOUT A SEC­OND, AND IT GOT PULLED DOWN AND I GOT SHOT IN THE LEGS. MATTHEW PAS­COE

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