A GUNMAN who shot his victim with a sawn-off shotgun over an unpaid debt left him with “blood spurting everywhere”, a court heard.
Carl Phillips (28) led the man to a secluded road near Ulley Reservoir and shot him in the shin.
Phillips was jailed for 12 years and nine months at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday (Thursday) for the “wicked, disgraceful” attack.
Mr Ian West, prosecuting, said construction worker Benjamin Jones (33) (pictured, below), who had employed Phillips, had called one of his customers earlier that day demanding £2,500.
The man said it was not due for another week, but later that day, Jones and four other men had turned up at the man’s home in Nottingham and made demands for the money.
The customer had described them as being armed with hammers and he had been “shaken up”, said the prosecutor.
He and a friend had travelled to a house in Sheffield to make the payment but when they arrived and knocked on the door no-one had answered, said Mr West.
They had then followed Phillips in a red Golf on the understanding that they could pay him the £2,500.
But he led them to a remote road near Ulley Reservoir ,where he got out of the Golf holding a sawn-off shotgun and, before anyone could discuss payment, shot the customer’s friend in the shin and fired at his car.
“He (the victim) described the pain as immediate with blood spurting everywhere,” said Mr West.
“He described being in shock and thought he was going to be killed.”
The victim spent three nights in hospital and had surgery on his leg.
Jones told police he had been on the other side of the Pennines when the shooting took place and that was backed up by forensic evidence, Mr West said.
Phillips, of Wesley Avenue, Aston, admitted grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm.
Jones, of Skelton Lane, Sheffield, admitted affray.
Mr Dermot Hughes, mitigating for Phillips, said his client had a young son he had never met because he had been in custody.
He said what happened in Rotherham had been “cowardly behaviour”, adding: “He’s made a cataclysmic error of judgement and knows he has a price to pay.”
Mr Richard Barradell, mitigating for Jones, said: “He’s a very hard worker who puts his hard work first.
“The offence is directly related to his hard work — not some evil or nefarious motive.”
Judge David Dixon said: “This is not cowardly behaviour, as Mr Hughes put it — this is wicked, disgraceful violence — the sort of violence the courts will not tolerate.
“The courts will send out abundantly clear messages that violence with firearms will not be tolerated and the most severe sentences will follow.”
He said Jones had behaved in an appalling way and his offence was “blackmail by a different name”.
He gave Jones a nine-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered him to do 180 hours of unpaid work.