'Moment man finds dead brother as gang storms home with gun in drugs debt row,' court told

'Moment man finds dead brother as gang storms home with gun in drugs debt row,' court told

Updated: 29 days, 14 hours, 30 minutes, 44 seconds ago

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The brother of a drug addict blasted with a shotgun has described running upstairs to find him on the floor dead. Sebastian Jones suffered multiple stab wounds after four masked men entered his home, he then fled into brother John Jones's bedroom and found him on the floor, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Sebastian, who was 26 when the incident happened on February 26 last year, told jurors he was playing music with a friend in the living room of his father's Stourbridge home, which he had been using as a bedroom. He turned and saw four men with weapons standing inside the doorway, one with a "glock-type gun".

He said one of the men said something, he replied "what" and stood up, which is when he was attacked. Sebastian described trying to "fight his way through" the men to get upstairs where his father and brother, both Class A drug users, were.

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Six people - including three teenagers - are currently on trial charged with murder, allegedly carried out to settle an outstanding drugs debt. Ravi Talware, 32, Kevin Waldron, 41, Scott Garrington, 51, two 17-year-old defendants and a 16-year-old boy are standing trial. The three youths cannot be named due to their age. All six deny murder and attempted murder.

"I would've just been in my bedroom chilling and listening to music," Sebastian said. "My friend came around shortly after. It was pretty late. [The music] was basically full blast so I could hardly hear anything else.

"I heard the door open, I turned around and there was basically four people staring at me and one with a weapon. They were all masked, black balaclavas.

"One said something but I don't know what they said so I said 'what' and they all just attacked me basically. They were carrying weapons but I couldn't tell what [weapons] they were as it happened so quickly.

"There was a pistol pointing at me, it was a black square glock. I was scared when I saw the pistol, I didn't know what would happen and I thought I might be shot.

"I had to fight through the room and when I was doing that I was shouting for help. They ran at me and started hitting me, I did my best to fight through them and shout for my dad and brother.

"I ran upstairs to my brother's room and found him on the floor dead and his friend in the corner scared for his life basically. I was so scared and panicking.

"I went to the window and went back to him. I was shouting for help and looking to see if they had gone as they didn't follow me upstairs. I saw one male [out of the window] standing at the top of the driveway. Probably about my height, probably a bit chubbier, wearing all black with obviously a mask."

Sebastian said the four were men, with a similar height and build to himself, 5ft10 and about 11 stone. He described there being a white Sedan-type car outside the house in Caslon Crescent. Sebastian said he was "so scared ad panicking" so went to his friend's house after the men left, then returned just before emergency services arrived.

Mr Gurdeep Garcha KC, defending Ravi Talware, cross-examined unemployed Sebastian and questioned where £1,200 in his wallet came from. Sebastian replied he had been saving but Mr Garcha suggested he was dealing cannabis.

Mr Garcha said: "You were anxious to pick up your wallet and phone. You were as concerned about your wallet as you were about John upstairs weren't you." And Sebastian replied "no that was afterwards". Sebastian also denied he was dealing cannabis. When police arrived they found digital scales and a bag of cannabis in the back garden, Mr Garcha said.

Sebastian said as he ran through the men to get upstairs he heard one of them say "go go", and he believes that was Ravi Talware, who was one of the dealers his brother bought drugs from. "I know it was Ravi, it was his voice," Sebastian added.

When paramedics arrived he was recorded on camera telling them he did not know the men, Mr Garcha said. "If you knew this was Ravi just from his voice, why didn't you say that immediately," he added.

"I suggest you came to say it was Ravi two days later because by then you'd spoken to your dad and Justin and convinced yourself it was Ravi." Sebastian replied: "No, I wouldn't blame someone if I didn't really think it was them."

All six defendants deny murdering John Jones and attempting to murder Sebastian Jones on February 25 last year.

They deny further counts of manslaughter, wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm, possession of a prohibited firearm and possession of an imitation firearm. Talware - of no fixed abode - Waldron - of Leonard Road, Wollaston - and Garrington - of Bridgnorth Road, Wollaston - also deny two counts of having an article with a blade or a point and perverting the course of justice by allegedly burning a vehicle in order to destroy evidence.

One of the 17-year-old boys denies two counts of having an article with a blade or a point, while the other two youths deny a single count of having an article with a blade or a point.

The trial continues.