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Danielle accused's TV news claim
Danielle Beccan
Danielle was walking home when she was shot
One of two men accused of shooting schoolgirl Danielle Beccan has told a court the first he knew about it was when he heard a news bulletin.

Junior Andrews, 24, is alleged to have fired shots that hit the 14-year-old as she and friends walked through St Ann's, Nottingham, on 9 October 2004.

He claims he was in a nightclub and heard about it on TV the next morning.

Mr Andrews, of no fixed address, and Mark Kelly, 20, of Wilford Grove, Nottingham, both deny murder.

'Smoking weed'

Birmingham Crown Court has heard that Mr Andrews, and Mr Kelly who is alleged to have been driving the car, were from The Meadows, a rival area of the city, and members of a local street gang.

Questioned by his lawyer, Orlando Pownall QC, Mr Andrews told the court he had gone to the Toll Bridge pub on the evening of 8 October to celebrate a friend's birthday and been driven to the Clifton area to buy cannabis.

The defendant, who is alleged to have dealt drugs, including heroin, said he was "in quite a state" after smoking "weed" in the pub car park and snorting cocaine in the toilets.

Mr Andrews said he had spent the rest of the evening until 3am at The Bomb nightclub in the city, where he had rapped to the crowd and become embroiled in a scuffle with another reveller.

Partner's 'rage'

He told the jury he then went to a friend's house before taking a taxi to his girlfriend's home.

Mr Andrews said he awoke to find his partner throwing CDs at him, in a rage about allegations that another woman with whom he had had a relationship was pregnant.

Mr Pownall asked Andrews, who sat in the witness box: "When was the first time you heard that a girl, or anybody, had been shot in St Ann's?"

He replied: "It will have been in the morning when me and Natalie (his girlfriend) were arguing... on TV."

Born in Northampton, Mr Andrews lived in St Ann's, Nottingham, until he was 13 before moving to The Meadows. The trial continues.

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