Prosecution details final seconds of officers' lives

The prosecution in the Dale Cregan trial have laid out what they claim were the sequence of events that led to the deaths of Pc Bone and Pc Hughes.

When they arrived at Abbey Gardens Pcs Bone and Hughes stepped out of their van and walked the short distance to number 30. The prosecution claim that as Nicola and Fiona walked through the small front garden Cregan opened the front door and immediately fired his glock.

Both officers were shot in the chest. Their body armour protected them and the bullets did not penetrate. Examination of the scene shows both officers retreated after the first shot. Pc Bone moved to her left getting out of the line of sight. Pc Hughes turned to run up the path.

As she retreated more shots were fired. Pc Hughes was shot in the middle of her back below her armour causing her to fall forwards paralysed into the path. As she was falling or lying flat she was shot three more times.

The prosecution say that Cregan than turned to Pc Bone. She was trapped in front of the lounge window and he discharged 24 shots at her direction. Some hit her others hit the house. She fired her Taser but into a hard surface - probably the paving.

Such was the speed of the attack that only 31 seconds had elapsed since the two police officers had turned their van engine off. Pc Bone was shot between 5 and 8 times receiving 8 injuries. She was killed to a shot to her chest which caused fatal injuries to the top of her heart.

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