Two men have admitted their part in a shooting in Norwich which happened in June last year.
It follows an incident at a park near Adelaide Street on 27 June where a 19-year-old man from London was shot in the backside.
Kallum Eastall, 18, and Jake Brittain, 26, admitted possession of a firearm with intent commit robbery, possession of an offensive weapon and possession of a knife. The men, both of no fixed address, had been charged with attempted murder which they denied.
During the second day of their trial at Norwich Crown Court yesterday, the pair pleaded guilty to lesser charges which the prosecution accepted. The men accepted the circumstances of the incident and that a man had been shot, but neither would admit to firing the weapon.
The incident trigged a wide-scale police investigation involving fingertip searches of the scene, house to house, CCTV and forensic enquiries. Witnesses described hearing an argument before seeing a small white car drive away from the scene.
Within 24 hours of the incident, police had stopped a white car pulled over as part of a routine stop. Inside, officers found items including a balaclava and knife, which they believed to be linked to the incident. This led to the arrest of Eastall and Brittain, who were later charged in connection with the shooting.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Chris Burgess from Norwich CID, said: “Serious violence involving guns is not common place in Norwich or Norfolk, so at the time of this incident the community were understandably shocked by what had happened.
“It is pleasing to see that both defendants have admitted their part in the attack; although neither will admit to pulling the trigger.
“That said, the judge has indicated Eastall and Brittain will be facing prison sentences so will no longer pose a threat to the community.”
Both Eastall and Brittain have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on Monday 9 September 2019.
No further action will be taken against two other people arrested in connection with the incident.