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Dwaine Haughton: CCTV 'shows gun and ammunition being collected' before killing

By John Scott | Wolverhampton | Crime | Published:

A shotgun found three months after Dwaine Haughton was gunned down was linked to the murder, a jury heard.

Dwaine Haughton was shot in the head at close range

It was part of a cache of weapons and ammunition discovered at an address in Hackford Road, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton.

That is close to the home of a relative of Kurrum Guild, 22, who is accused of being part of the gang involved in the fatal shooting, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.

Two shotguns and ammunition were discovered in a bag which matched the distinctive black holdall seen being carried by Dwain Smith – another alleged member of the gang – days before the murder, claimed Mr Michael Burrows QC, prosecuting.

The murder took place in July 2018 and had allegedly been planned

The stolen Audi A7 which allegedly carried the gunman stopped in Hackford Road where it was captured by CCTV reversing into the driveway of one of the houses.

Two people got out and opened the garage from which one of them carried a dark object and placed it in the rear of the car which left 35 minutes before the murder, the court heard.

“The gun and ammunition being collected,” said the prosecutor.

Forensic checks on the trigger of one of the shotguns found later discovered a mixed DNA profile with the major profile allegedly that of Smith, said Mr Burrows. None of the other defendants featured in the finding.

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Shot at short range

Mr Haughton was shot in the head at short range while sat in a stationary car in Valley Road, Park Village, Wolverhampton on July 20 last year.

A man fired several shots after getting out of an Audi A7 that drew up alongside the other vehicle.

The 24-year-old victim was rushed to hospital but died hours later.

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Police cordoned off the scene of the fatal shooting in Village Road

After the shooting the Audi was driven to Chainmakers Close in Bilston where the gang switched to a Nissan Navara which went to Hackford Road, Lanesfield, where Guild had allegedly left his BMW.

He collected something there before they travelled to Raby Street in Wolverhampton city centre where Williams and Gray got out and got a taxi, it was claimed.

Smith and Guild travelled back to Hackford Road where the latter picked up his BMW and they both drove home, alleged Mr Burrows.

The Audi was torched the next day in Webb Street, Bilston, where it was claimed Guild and Williams were seen getting out of the vehicle before it was set on fire.

Those involved blundered by parking in the view of a CCTV camera and had to return to the scene after the blaze was extinguished by fire crews to collect the false plates they had forgotten to take off the vehicle, maintained the prosecutor.

Smith from Chainmakers Close, Williams of Okemont Drive and Gray of Springfield Road, both Wednesfield together with Guild from Oakthorpe Gardens, Tividale all deny murder, possession of a firearm and ammunition to endanger life and handling a stolen car.

Smith, Guild and Williams further deny arson.

The case continues.

John Scott

By John Scott
Reporter/News Feature Writer

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