Victim tells of horror shooting

THE VICTIM: Ernie Wilson had a large number of shotgun pellets and some wadding surgically removed.
THE VICTIM: Ernie Wilson had a large number of shotgun pellets and some wadding surgically removed.

GUNSHOT victim Ernie Wilson said his stomach started to pop out from a hole in his side after he was shot at his Erakala home.

Wilson, 50, told a Supreme Court jury in Mackay how his belt had been shot in half, there was a hole in his side and he felt cold.

A large number of shotgun pellets and some wadding were surgically removed during an emergency operation at the Mackay Base Hospital and he spent 10 days in hospital.

A jury of eight women and four men went by mini-bus to a residence in Sugarshed Road, Erakala, yesterday to see the property where the shooting occurred on December 8, 2009.

Before the court are Christopher John Dales, 30, and Matthew David Cook, 27, who have pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and not guilty to the alternative lesser charge of intentionally doing grievous bodily harm.

They have also pleaded not guilty to a separate charge of assault causing bodily harm over an incident just before the shooting in which Dales allegedly struck Wilson on the side of his head with the shotgun.

They have pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm by a negligent act.

The Crown case is that Dales had left his four-year-old daughter in the care of a woman; that Ernie Wilson was also supposed to be with the woman and child; and that Dales tried to contact the woman.

Dales went to Wilson’s residence, looking for the child and the woman, and is alleged to have entered the house carrying a shotgun.

He is alleged to have hit Wilson on the head with the shotgun and then fired the shotgun causing life-threatening injuries.

Wilson testified yesterday that Dales was angry and yelling when he entered the residence.

He said Dales pointed the “over and under” style double barrel shotgun at his head, holding it several centimetres away.

A short time later he heard “a big bang, a boom”.

“I heard a big bang, a boom, and the mirror of the bathroom smashing,” Wilson said.

“I had a hole in my side. I put my hand on it. Part of my stomach was starting to pop out.

“I felt cold. I looked down at my left side. My belt was cut in half. There was a big hole and my stomach was starting to come out.”

He said Cook had arrived with Dales, and Cook had been standing in the room during the incidents.

Under cross examination, Wilson admitted that he had given earlier accounts to police that suggested the shotgun may have accidentally discharged when Dales slammed it down on a bench.

However, Wilson said one earlier account had been given while he was under the effects of morphine and others drugs in hospital, and all the details came back when he revisited the site of the shooting last week.

The trial is expected to continue today before Chief Justice Paul De Jersey.

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