Gun victim: ‘I knew it was a shotty’
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