Man describes being confronted by three alleged hit men at Bury flat

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A man has begun describing how he was confronted by three alleged hit men at his flat in Bury St Edmunds before he was shot at point blank range.

Jonathan Catchpole, who is in his 30s, was giving evidence today at Ipswich Crown Court.

It is alleged that the men, together with two others, conspired to murder Mr Catchpole in what the prosecution say was a planned assassination.

Mr Catchpole said that in the months leading up to his shooting on August 4 last year, he had been subjected to a campaign of intimidation and threats, including some on his life.

The prosecution allege that Colin Deferia, 59, of Battisford Road, Barking, near Needham Market, had been involved in a dispute with Mr Catchpole, leading to Deferia trying to end it by arranging a contract killing.

Mr Catchpole said he was “100 per cent certain” that telephone calls making threats and saying his life was at stake had been made by Deferia to his workplace.

Tyres on his car had on two occasions been slashed and someone turned off the electricity supply to his flat in Bury St Edmunds, said Mr Catchpole. In January 2015 a brake cable on his car was cut.

The court heard how Mr Catchpole was attacked after answering his front door with three men “storming” into the flat while trying to silence him with a hand held over his mouth.

None of the men attempted to disguise their faces as they had been certain they were confident that Mr Catchpole would not survive, alleged Andrew Jackson, prosecuting.

Mr Catchpole had been shot at close range with a sawn off shotgun but after undergoing emergency surgery survived.

On trial accused of conspiracy to murder are Simon Webber, 31, of Sydenham Close, Bridgwater; Frank Warren, 51, of Victoria Road, Dorchester; Andrew Seaton, 40, of Frome View, Maiden Newton; Paul Baker, 35, of Neil’s View, Maiden Newton and Deferia.

Seaton, Warren and Webber have also pleaded not guilty to a charge of attempted murder while Seaton and Warren have denied possession of a prohibited firearm.

Webber has pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited firearm.