A kidnap victim blasted in the chest with a ‘YouTube’ gun has described his fight for life.

Convicted drug dealer Neil Hazelwood, 29, was taken hostage by men who demanded two kilos of cocaine or £100,000 in September last year.

Manchester Crown Court was he was driven in the boot of a car from Bury to Hagg Wood, Thongsbridge, and then shot.

 

Michael Sierotko, 24, of Glossop, and Anthony Leonard, 26, of Hadfield, deny conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to blackmail and attempted murder. Sierotko denies manufacturing a firearm.

Describing the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which left him needing six weeks treatment in Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Mr Hazelwood said: “Something just kicked in to get up and run and that’s what I did. As I was doing that there was just more and more blood coming.

“I took my tracksuit top to see what had happened. At this point I ran and I was near the main road. I took my shirt off as well and I saw that it was bad, the blood was just pumping and pumping and pumping.

“I recall a cyclist going past and I was shouting help. The cyclist lay me down on the floor and I remember him putting a lot of pressure on the wound”.

The case continues.

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