Oldbury murder suspect Michael Goodwin tells court he left phone in car used in drive-by shooting

Murder suspect Michael Goodwin claimed to have left his mobile phone in a car used in the drive-by shooting of Anthony Sergeant.

Anthony Sergeant was shot dead outside his mother's house
Anthony Sergeant was shot dead outside his mother's house

The defendant was under cross-examination about the night of Mr Sergeant’s shooting as he took to the stand for the third day at Birmingham Crown Court.

Goodwin’s mobile phone was tracked from Ladywood to Lea Bank where “the King of Lea Bank” Anthony Sergeant was shot dead on August 25, 2018. Prosecutor Annabel Darlow cross-examined Goodwin about leaving his phone in the car.

He originally told officers when interviewed he has ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome and dyslexia and would struggle remembering dates.

Goodwin gave evidence with the help of a chaperone in the dock while squeezing a stress reliever before answering every question. He claimed to have left his phone in a car driven by Dante Mullings, who allegedly shot dead the father of eight before being killed himself a year later. Goodwin said he was in Ladywood when the shooting happened.

He was asked about whether it was normal for him to either be at his girlfriend’s or out and about at night. He said: “I don’t remember, I can stay out late at night or go home early, what’s wrong with that?” However, Miss Darlow read out answers he gave during an interview when he said he normally was at home early as his girlfriend was due to give birth.

Connor Goodwin, 27, and brother Michael, 26, from Wallace Road in Oldbury, both deny murder. They are on trial along with Leon Riley, 21, of Bridgelands Way, Perry Barr, and Keenan Anderson, 25, of Albert Road, Handsworth, who also deny murder.

The trial continues.

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