A MUM told a jury how her partner, brother and two other gang members came into her home moments after she heard gunfire and was told a man had been shot.
Katrina Toner told a murder trial her partner, Colin Webster, then removed his clothing and what she thought was a balaclava and asked about how to wash them. Webster, Ms Toner’s brother Luke, Cyrus Hanley and Jake Looby are on trial at Leeds Crown Court where they deny murdering Jordan Stapleton.
The prosecution allege the four men carried out a planned “execution” of the 21-year-old after suspecting him to be a police informant.
Mr Stapleton was blasted to death in the bathroom of his home on Beckhill Chase, Meanwood, on April 16 this year as his four-year-old son slept in a room next door.
Ms Toner said she was staying at a flat on the same street at the time of the incident and all four men were there during the evening. She said they left and then returned shortly after she heard the sound of a gunshot.
She said: “I asked them what had gone on and Colin told me that Jordan had been shot.” Richard Wright, QC, said: “When you asked who did it what was the answer?” She replied: “I can’t remember if it was Cyrus or Colin and they said ‘well it was only us so who do you think?’”
Mr Wright asked: “What about your brother and Jake?” Ms Toner said: “I asked where my brother was and he said he was stood in the garden.”
Mr Wright then asked: “And Jake?” She said: “I think he was with him (Luke Toner), I’m not sure.”
Ms Toner said she initially lied to police that Hanley had been the only person to leave the house.
She said she had done so through fear of violence from Webster.
Hanley, 19, of Miles Hill View, Potternewton; Webster, 19, of Bayswater Row, Harehills; Toner, 20, of Beckhill Chase, Meanwood, and Looby, of Miles Hill Street, Potternewton, all plead not guilty to murder.