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Boy could lose arm after he was shot during house raid

Evidence: Police search the property in Upminster, Essex, after the incident on May 1

A BOY of 11 could lose his arm after he was shot while his father tried to wrestle his gun off a burglar posing as a courier, a court has heard.

The youngster was left with a 6in wound in his shoulder during the raid in which he and his mother were both allegedly held at knifepoint.

He remains in intensive care while his mother suffered a knife wound to her throat and his father needed staples in a stab injury to his head. Christopher Sargeant, 26, appeared via video link at Barkingside magistrates’ court in Essex accused of aggravated burglary and possession of a knife.

Cover: CCTV shows a package being delivered to the house PICTURES: PA

The court heard he posed as a delivery driver who, with three others, forced his way into the house in Upminster, Essex, on May 1.

Claire Hebden, prosecuting, told the court Sargeant, armed with a knife, duped the father into thinking he was delivering a package before he forced his way past him, causing cuts to the head.

She added: ‘Three other men then entered the address, one with a knife rushing to the wife demanding to know where the safe was.

‘A knife was put to the son’s throat. [The father] was told his son will be killed if he didn’t show him where the safe was.’

It’s at this point, Ms Hebden said, that the father spotted one of his legally owned shotguns on the floor and grabbed it ‘fearing for his life’.

She added that, as he scuffled with Sargeant’s alleged accomplice Antony Lascelles, 32, the boy was shot.

Sargeant and Lascelles were remanded into custody, while Adian Muirhead, 32, was granted bail accused of assisting an offender. The case will move to Snaresbrook crown court on June 3. The accused are yet enter a plea.