Trial: Defence barrister compares Crown's case to jigsaw puzzle

Trial: Defence barrister compares Crown's case to jigsaw puzzle

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Trial: Defence barrister compares Crown's case to jigsaw puzzle

A barrister defending one of four men standing trial over the Maidenhead tattoo parlour shootings has compared the Crown's case to a jigsaw with 'half the bits missing'.

David Gibson-Lee gave a statement at Reading Crown Court this morning on behalf of Leon Dorman, 30, from Dunstable.

He urged the jury not to speculate over the missing details of the attack at Fantasy Fine Line on April 11 which left two men injured.

These include the actual events inside the tattoo parlour which led to the men - Mark Goddard and David Anderson - being shot.

Dorman is charged with conspiracy to rob, possession of a firearm with intent, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of wounding with intent.

He has chosen not to give evidence at the trial.

The court also heard from the defence for Joseph Gentle, 22, of no fixed abode, who is accused of conspiracy to rob and possession of a firearm with intent.

William Paynter, defending Gentle, said it would be 'difficult or impossible' for a defendant to tell the whole truth about the attack.

He encouraged the jury to acquit his client on the basis that the evidence against him is 'purely circumstantial'.

Gentle has also declined to give evidence in court.

Both he and Dorman remained silent when questioned by police after they were arrested.

The trial continues.

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Report 1: Jury sworn in at Maidenhead shooting trial

Report 2: Court hears shooting was result of a confrontation over drugs

Report 3: Shooting victim gives evidence

Report 4: Shooting victim is accused of carrying a gun

Report 5: Second shooting victim gives evidence via videolink

Report 6: Victim questioned over bullet found in car

Report 7: Photos showing cash on a phone shown in court

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