He?d shot me on purpose

YAMBA truck driver Jonathon Koen first realised he had been shot with a gun after feeling numbness in the top half of his body, the Grafton District Court heard yesterday.

The 46-year-old allegedly was shot in the right side of the chest by David Charles Brown, as he sat in the driver's side seat of his prime mover on May 26, 2004.

Mr Koen, a past president of the NSW Outcasts Motorcycle Club had been travelling south along the Pacific Highway with fellow Outcast member Spyro Sophiadakis.

Mr Koen took to the stand for the first time in the trial yesterday and told the court he initially mistook the sound of gunfire for a firecracker.

"I heard a loud bang go off and I thought Mr Sophiadakis had dropped a cracker in the truck for a joke," Mr Koen said.

"I then looked around and Mr Brown was standing on the steps of the truck with a pistol."

Mr Koen was then asked by the Crown prosecutor who Brown had aimed the gun at. "Straight at me," Mr Koen said.

"I then felt numb across the top of my body and realised I'd been shot."

Mr Koen said he told Brown he had been shot 'in case it was an accident'.

"I then realised he'd shot me on purpose," the father of five told the court.

Mr Koen said Brown had used a semi-automatic pistol.

He said that soon after, Brown jumped from the truck, because the gun had jammed.

The prosecutor was told by Mr Koen that after Brown disappeared from view, it was his intention to 'get away before he was shot again'.

Mr Koen also alleged that Sophiadakis, who he had known for more than 15 years, appeared at the driver's side window, also armed with a gun.

"I looked out my window and Mr Sophiadakis was up on the steps ... he got up before I started moving off," Mr Koen said.

Dressed in a black suit and patterned yellow tie, Mr Koen, a former resident of Copmanhurst, said Sophiadakis had asked him to pull over in a particular area of the Pacific Highway. Jury members heard that Sophiadakis had told Mr Koen they would meet up with Brown along the way, because Brown also was travelling to Sydney.

The witness said that Sophiadakis and Brown had been talking via telephone during the trip from Yamba.

Mr Koen: "There was quite a number of phone calls between Sophiadakis and Brown on the way down the highway."

Crown prosecutor: "How did you become aware the phone calls were between Sophiadakis and Brown?"

Mr Koen: "He (Sophiadakis) was asking me to ring the numbers."

It is expected that Mr Koen will take to the stand again on Tuesday for cross-examination.

The trial resumes Monday.



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