Bradley Welsh trial: murder hunt found antique shotgun in garden shed


A murder hunt after the shooting of T2 Trainspotting star Bradley Welsh has recovered a shotgun that may date from the 19th century, according to a lawsuit.

The court heard how the Belgian-made weapon was recovered by cops last year from a garden shed in Lanarkshire.

Testifying on Thursday, ballistics expert Martin Connolly said the shotgun could have been made as long as 1890.

He added that the old-fashioned firearm was fired by pulling the hammer with the thumb before pulling the trigger.

Sean Orman, 30, is on trial in Edinburgh High Court where he denies shooting Welsh at his doorstep in Chester Street in the city’s new town. He claims he was cycling from town to Kirknewton, West Lothian, when the boxing gym boss was gunned down on April 17, 2019.

Connolly, 57, is a Chief Medical Examiner in the Firearms Section of the Scottish Police Authority’s Forensic Services in Gartcosh. He recounted how he got to Chester Street around 2:30 a.m. on April 18, 2019, six and a half hours after the shooting.

He said Welsh’s body was still on a landing outside his basement apartment and a “single penetrating wound on the right side of the head just in front of the ear” was observed.

After attending the autopsy on April 19, he concluded that the head injury was “consistent with the discharge from a .410 shotgun, the barrel of the gun being probably between three and six feet in height. the target at the time of discharge “. .

Connolly said bullets and plastic cotton wool from a shotgun were recovered from his body.

The court heard that Welsh was wearing a black Nike vest and that there was a hole in his hood corresponding to gun damage.

Later, Connolly said he visited an apartment in the Duddingston area of ​​the city on May 3, 2019 to examine a suspected gun dump at the property.

The court previously heard from witness Dean White who testified that Orman accidentally fired a gun into the floor of his brother Robert White’s house in March.

Connolly described how he lifted the living room carpet to reveal a hole in the “underlay / floor”. He said there had been “an attempt to mend this hole by filling it with paper / handkerchief”.

His examination revealed that lead shot and plastic wadding had been recovered from the hole. His conclusion was that there had been “a single discharge of a .410 shotgun in the living room”.

Previously, the court had heard cops find shotgun cartridges in a plastic bin in an apartment occupied by Sian Lockett on April 23, 2019. The jury heard that she had been in a relationship with Orman for about two months after leaving. of February 2019 and that he had visited the property.



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Connolly said his examination of those cartridges established that it was a .410 caliber shotgun.

When questioned by deputy lawyer Richard Goddard QC, the expert agreed that the lead and cotton wool recovered from Welsh’s body were “indistinguishable” from the lead and cotton wool found in the hole in the ground at Duddingston and in the cartridges found in Lochend’s apartment.

Mr Goddard asked whether the same pistol and ammunition had been used to shoot the Welsh and the hole in the ground at Duddingston, and whether the cartridges found at Lochend were of the same type and manufacture as those used in these two incidents.

Connolly replied: “Yes, it is possible.”

The jury heard how a shotgun was recovered by police from a hangar in Lanarkshire in June 2020.

Connolly’s examination of the firearm revealed that it was a Belgian-made .410 caliber double-barreled shotgun with an external hammer. He said his guns had been “shortened” at one point, leaving him an overall length of 70.3.

Connolly said the gun was in “a state of wear commensurate with its age” and in “working condition”.

Mr. Goddard why someone would shorten the guns of the gun, he replied, “The only reason is to cover up, to hide the gun.”

Asked by the prosecutor about the age of the weapon, Connolly said it could date between 1890 and 1960, adding that Belgian manufacturers were known to manufacture such weapons in “large quantities” at the turn of the century.

The trial continues.

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