A man has told a murder trial jury of his attempts to save teenage boxer Cole Kershaw after finding him collapsed on the ground after he was shot.

The 18-year-old died after he was blasted in the chest following an incident on Chesham Road, Bury, on the evening of August 12 last year.

Three men are on trial accused of his murder.

Kamran Mohammed, 19, of Kingsdale Close, Bury; Mohammed Izaarh Khan, 21, of Palace Street, Bury; and Khayam Ali Khurshid, 28, of Eton Hill Road, Bury, all deny the charge. But, Kamran Mohammed has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

All three men have also denied a second charge of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

A fourth man, Raheem Hall, 19, of Hardfield Street, Heywood, denies possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life but has admitted assisting an offender.

The trial at Manchester Crown Court has previously heard Cole was gunned down in the street following a car chase sparked by a dispute between one of his friends, Spencer Woods and Kamran Mohammed.

Today (Wednesday), the jury heard evidence from Mark Knabb - a witness who said he was outside his home on Duckworth Street, close to Chesham Road, when he heard two speeding vehicles nearby on August 12.

He told the court he saw a silver BMW and a black Ford Mondeo driving 'fast' and 'erratically' before hearing a loud bang and seeing the BMW reverse onto Chesham Road.

Mr Knabb said he saw a young man running from the scene and went to see what had happened.

He discovered the Mondeo parked in the middle of the street with all four doors open and then heard somebody shouting nearby, the court heard.

When he went to find the source of the cries, he saw Cole lying on the ground alone and clearly badly wounded, he told the jury.

”I went round to where they were and found him on the floor," Mr Knabb said.

”I don’t know CPR so I just checked his pulse and held him because I thought the ambulance would be there in no time.

”My mate took his t-shirt off and I put pressure on it.”

Several people came to help Cole, including some who attempted CPR, Mr Knabb told jurors.

The jury heard from another witness who recounted the events which took place immediately before the shooting.

The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he was at a party with friends the night of the incident.

He said Cole went into the house where the gathering was being held, after going out for a cigarette, and told people he had seen a car outside, which he believed contained defendant Mr Khurshid.

The witness said he and Cole, along with other friends, got into a Ford Mondeo and took off in pursuit of the BMW.

Cole, 18, was in the Ford Mondeo with his friends, a witness said.

He told the court they chased the car with the intention of 'attacking' the people inside following the ongoing dispute with Kamran Mohammed.

The witness said the BMW began to start and stop suddenly, which he said he believed was an attempt to 'lure' the chasing car.

Answering questions from prosecutor James Gelsthorpe, the witness said he was in the front passenger seat.

He said he saw the window of the vehicle they were following roll down, at which point he saw someone holding a gun.

The witness said shot was fired, before the Mondeo he was in immediately turned and fled.

The trial is taking place at Manchester Crown Court.

The BMW chased the other car for some time and repeatedly rammed it, the witness told jurors.

The witness said he was crouched in the footwell of the car trying to keep his head down and avoid any shots.

"It was scary, I just wanted to get out of the car and make sure my friends were safe," he said.

The pursuit came to an end when the chasing car drove into the back of the Mondeo, wedging it in place on Chesham Road, the court heard.

At that point, the witness said he climbed out of the vehicle and ran away behind a line of parked cars for around 50 yards before turning back to see what was happening.

Police on Chesham Road after Cole was shot.

He added: "The driver got out of the BMW and I looked back and could see him aiming the gun at the group of mates that had run this way, and he fired a shot at that group."

The witness said he heard Cole shout out in pain and then he turned and ran away along a backstreet to meet up with his injured friend. When he came across the 18-year-old he was Spencer Woods, at which point the witness said Cole ‘collapsed like jelly’ into their arms.

Another witness, Saul Smith, told the court the BMW had twice passed Tia Mawdsley's home while he was stood outside.

He said it had first driven by slowly and he felt that the driver was staring towards the home. It had then returned later and travelled past the house at high speed, before Cole, Spencer and others took off in pursuit, Mr Smith said.

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