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Teen 'shot girlfriend in neck' after she delivered present

FATALLY WOUNDED: Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh

A TEENAGER fatally shot his girlfriend in the neck after she arrived at his home to give him a birthday present, a court has heard.

Shereka Fab-Ann Marsh, 15, died after she was hit by a bullet from a counterfeit 1930s Italian Beretta pistol in a house in Hackney, East London, on March 22.

Her boyfriend, also 15, who cannot be named, phoned the emergency services but Shereka was pronounced dead later that afternoon.

He told police who arrived at the scene that he had found the gun on Hackney Marshes and it went off without either one of them pulling the trigger.

The boy told an officer: "She's been shot. We were both holding it and it went off. I found the gun yesterday. We were looking at it. It went off and hit her in the neck. I didn't know it was going to go off... She said 'you've just shot me'. I didn't even pull the trigger."

In police interviews, he told how he had taken the gun out of an Xbox games console box to show the girl after she arrived at the house, jurors were told.

Prosecutor Jonathan Rees QC said: "He said that she was looking at the gun and spun it around herself so that it was pointing towards her as opposed towards his arm.

"The defendant was asked why the gun fired. He was adamant that he did not touch the trigger at any time. He did not assert that Miss Marsh had pulled the trigger but insisted that he did not touch the trigger at all. He said he heard a pop or a loud bang."

During the interviews, though he stuck to his story about finding the gun, he later produced a written statement saying that he had agreed to look after it for someone else.

He refused to name the person who gave it to him because, he said, "I am not a snitch."

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of Shereka's death as a gunshot wound to the neck.

The pistol had gone through her wrist and neck before lodging in her left shoulder causing "significant internal bleeding".

The defendant denies murder and an alternative charge of manslaughter. He has also pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

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