A JURY has been told that the chances of the DNA found on a gun used in a Huddersfield shooting not being that of the accused is one in a billion.

Rahuel Delucca, 37, of Huddersfield, is alleged to have `shot up' a Seat Leon car belonging to a Matthew Francois, with whom he had a history of `bad relations'.

Yesterday forensic scientist and DNA profiler Marie- Anne Younie said there was an extremely strong chance that the DNA found on the 9mm handgun was Delucca's.

She added at Bradford Crown Court: "To obtain this match is approximately one in a billion that it would have come from someone unrelated to Mr Delucca."

She did concede when cross- examined by Delucca's barrister, Michael Wood QC, that she could not say whether Delucca had fired the gun on the day alleged or had even touched it on that day.

But she added: "He's had to have had a lot of contact with that gun."

The trial has been told that Delucca, of Lonsbrough Flats, Southgate, fired five or six shots into the Seat, which was parked in Alder Street, Hillhouse, before being driven away in a Fiat car.

Delucca has pleaded not guilty to possessing a prohibited firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing a prohibited firearm.

He has also denied a charge in relation to a shooting soon afterwards, in which a police firearms officer was hit in the arm by flying glass when his unmarked car was shot at by Marcus Rhoden.

Rhoden, 23 and of no fixed address, has already pleaded guilty to a charge of trying to murder two policemen in the car, Pcs Marcus Banks and Andrew Branch, in that shooting. which was outside a block of flats in Clare Hill, Huddersfield.

Delucca has pleaded not guilty to possessing the Browning handgun that was used in that incident and possessing a quantity of 9mm ammunition without a certificate.

The court was told that when he was arrested Delucca accepted responsibility for both incidents.

In a later interview he said he had shot up Mr Francois's car with the intention of `sending him a message'.

The trial continues.