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Driver tells court she saw Chelmsford BP garage shooting

John Pordage died of a shot wound to the chest Credit: Family photo.

A teenager has told a murder trial how she started an evening giving a lift to her friend - and ended up witnessing a shooting.

The girl - who cannot be named for legal reasons - was giving evidence at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A 16-year-old boy is accused of the murder of 34-year-old John Pordage, who was shot dead outside the BP petrol station at Baddow Road in Chelmsford last summer.

But it is an 18-year-old - Bradley Blundell - who the prosecution says pulled the trigger. He remains on the run from police.

John Pordage Credit: Family photo.

Saul Stanley, who is also 18, is also on trial charged with possessing a prohibited firearm. Today, Blundell's female friend told the jury how the he had paid her £40 to give him a lift to Brentwood.

Later that night she ended up at the petrol station. Blundell, Stanley and the 16-year-old defendant sat in the back of her car as she got fuel.

John Pordage was there with his friend and the pair started making flirtatious comments to her, she said.

She told the jury one of them said to Blundell: “Do you want any sweeties? I can get you a Milky Bar.”

The witness told the court Blundell, who was 17 at the time, was enraged. Feeling scared, she had tried to drive away but the boys got out of the moving car and ran towards the men.

The girl said she heard shouting and a bang before the boys jumped back into the car and shouted "go, go, go".

She drove to Maldon, where it is alleged clothing was burnt.

The witness said Blundell started crying and told her: "I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean for this to happen."

Stanley and the 16-year-old defendant both deny the charges against them. The trial continues.