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We were just playing, says man who shot friend dead

Killed: Addison Packeer

A MAN killed his friend by shooting him at point-blank range in the head while ‘mucking around’ with a Luger pistol, a court heard.

Jordan Bassett, 25, said he did not know the gun was loaded when he shot Addison Packeer, 27, as they ‘laughed and joked’ in a friend’s flat.

He told a jury there had been ‘no bad vibes’ in the room and they had merely been ‘playing’ with the 9mm weapon. He said the gun just ‘went off’ and he tried in vain to save his friend. Jurors heard that on December 7 last year the two men went to a flat in Willenhall, Coventry, where a third man, Wayne Anglin, ran a Caribbean food business.

Deadly: Luger pistol PICTURES: SWNS

They sat in the living room, and as Mr Anglin prepared a meal for them in the kitchen, he heard a noise and rushed through to see Mr Packeer had been shot in the head. Bassett was trying to stop the bleeding.

But he left, taking the gun, magazine and spent cartridge with him and threw them in a lake before going home and changing out of his blood-soaked clothes.

Bassett told the court Mr Packeer had taken the semi-automatic pistol from his waistband and put it on the table. He said his gloves were on the table, and Mr Packeer put them on and ‘began playing around with the firearm’. He told the court: ‘He was just messing around with it. I put the gloves on and picked up the firearm. Addison was eating his food, and I was bored. I didn’t think it was loaded. I turned round to Addison and the gun’s gone off.’ He said he left because he was ‘panicking’.

Bassett, of Coventry, admits manslaughter but denies murder. The trial continues at Warwick crown court.