THE sister of an alleged gunman is said to have told police her brother was involved in a Huddersfield shooting.
Kay Okoro is alleged to have said that Bradley Okoro had “got mixed up in the wrong crowd” as police searched his Oakes home.
Miss Okoro now denies having ever made the claim to PC Jim Wilde but her comments, said to have been made on May 20 2006, were repeated at the trial of her brother and two other men.
Carl Hughes, 31, of Abbey Road, Fartown, James Collier, 27, of Stoney Cross Street, Taylor Hill, and Bradley Okoro, 22, of New Hey Road, are all charged with the attempted murder of Damian Munroe on April 22 2006 at Cross Church Street.
They are also charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent, violent disorder and possessing a firearm.
They all deny the charges.
Giving evidence at Bradford Crown Court on Monday, PC Wilde said: “I was searching a shed at the home of Bradley Okoro in relation to the shooting incident that had taken place some weeks earlier.
“While making a search Kay Okoro told me something about her brother.
“She said that her brother Bradley Okoro had come to Huddersfield and got mixed up with the wrong crowd and he had become quite aggressive since he started using steroids.
“I asked her what she meant and she said that he was responsible for the shooting in Huddersfield Town Centre (on April 22 2006).
“She also said that he fired the gun and he had shaved his eyebrows off so there was no gunshot powder on his eyebrows.
“She said that the gun barrel had been damaged and that he still had it on him.”
PC Wilde said the conversation with Miss Okoro was interrupted by another brother called Gareth.
Tom Bayliss QC, prosecuting, told the jury that Miss Okoro now denies making the statement attributed to her.
In 2007 Miss Okoro told police that her brother was innocent and that police should leave him alone.
She did not give evidence in court.
The jury of nine women and three men also watched CCTV footage showing two other men who were with the three defendants at the time of the shooting.
A man named in court as Anthony Green and another called Paul Adams were seen on the footage walking with Okoro, Collier and Hughes along Cross Church Street.
They were captured on camera stood within feet of the three defendants when the shots were fired and were seen running away with them.
The jury had earlier heard that gunshot residue was found on the jacket of Mr Green by forensic scientists.
Both men are not charged in connection with the shooting.
The trial continues.