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Neighbour saw shot man collapse
Peter Woodhams
Peter Woodhams collapsed outside his home
A neighbour of a young father shot dead outside his east London home has recalled the moment the victim fell to the ground.

Peter Woodhams, 22, died in front of his fiancee and young son after the attack in Canning Town last August.

Speaking through an interpreter at the Old Bailey, Romualdas Cikotas said he saw a red stain on Mr Woodhams's chest before he collapsed to his knees.

Bradley Tucker, 18, and a 17-year-old, who cannot be named, both deny murder.

Manslaughter plea

The court has heard how the shooting on 21 August 2006 came after a seven-month campaign of violence and bullying against Mr Woodhams and his family.

He was allegedly shot four times by Bradley Tucker after deciding to confront the gang.

Mr Tucker of Butchers Road, Canning Town, has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

Both he and the 17-year-old, who is said to have acted as a look-out, have also pleaded not guilty to firearms offences.

Giving evidence on Monday Mr Cikotas recalled how he went outside into the front garden after hearing shots.

He said: "As I was watching this young man turned towards me. Our eyes met then and I saw a red stain on his chest.

"He fell on his knees and his elbows. After a little while he got up and in this sort of bending forward position moved towards the door of his house. Then again he fell."

The trial continues.


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