Man survives shotgun attack after his iPhone takes brunt of blast

The victim's iPhone took the majority of the blast from the shotgun Credit: Cheshire Police

A man miraculously survived being shot near his home with a sawn-off shotgun when his iPhone took the brunt of the blast.

The 25-year-old victim sustained serious injuries to his abdomen but managed to get up and head back to his block of flats where emergency services were called.

Ryan Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder at Chester Crown Court. He was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and is due to be sentenced on 10 July.

Ryan Duggan has been found guilty of attempted murder Credit: Cheshire Police

The incident took place when the victim approached a group of teenagers who had turned of the water supply to the block of flats where he lived.

During a confrontation, the teenager pulled out the shotgun and fired it at the victim.

The shotgun used in the shooting which took place in October 2014 Credit: Cheshire Police

The firearm was later recovered by police wrapped in clingfilm and concealed under a bush - with the spent cartridge still inside.

The shotgun was found wrapped in clingfilm during a police search of the area. Credit: Cheshire Police

Detective Inspector Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police said if the victim's phone had not been in his pocket "he would undoubtedly have died".

Duggan’s actions that night were extreme and shocking – the victim went outside to speak to the group about the fact they had turned off the water supply resulting in the defendant shooting him with a powerful weapon.

Det Insp Gary McIntyre from Cheshire Police