Electrician who told teen she 'had a nice bum' shot dead by her male friend at gas station
18-year-old Bradley Blundell allegedly shot 34-year-old electrician John Pordage in the chest outside a BP garage on August 5, 2017 after a brief altercation
A court has heard that an electrician was shot dead by a teen after he made a comment at the teen's female friend saying she "had a nice bum". 18-year-old Bradley Blundell allegedly shot 34-year-old electrician John Pordage in the chest outside a BP garage on August 5, 2017, in Chelmsford, Essex. The teen, a friend who is unnamed for legal reasons, and 18-year-old Ella Colgate were in her blue Ford Fiesta on their way to pick up a stolen Avril motorcycle.
The jurors heard that the three teens went to a few garages to get fuel for the motorbike but Colgate's card kept getting declined at all of them, the Daily Mail reported. They finally landed up at the BP garage where they started filling the fuel in a can. It was at this point that Pordage approached the area with his friend Jay Samuels.
Prosecutor Tracy Ayling QC said that one of the men had shouted out "nice bum" while they were on their way to buy cigarettes and a drink at the garage's kiosk. Ayling said: "It seems that one of them uttered some flattering and harmless remark, including one saying "nice bum". This appears to have angered Blundell. Colgate was concerned that such a comment might make things worse. She closed the door and the locked the windows, so no one could get out of the vehicle."
"You (the jury) will see Mr. Pordage and his friend eventually exit their vehicle and went to the kiosk to buy cigarettes and fizzy drinks. One of the men made some reference to Mr Blundell looking like the Milky Bar Kid and it may well be that it is that remark which was the catalyst for what was to follow. Mr Blundell's anger spilled over."
An 18 year old's appeared in court today charged with the murder of John Pordage (pictured) who was shot dead in Chelmsford last August.— Essex News (@HeartEssexNews) April 18, 2018
Bradley Blundell of Cromwell Close in Boreham has been remanded in custody to appear at crown court tomorrow.#HeartNews pic.twitter.com/kGWIIjpHLY
Woolwich Crown Court also heard how Blundell was carrying a .32-caliber handgun which he fired twice that day. One of the bullets hit Pordage on the chest and another ricocheted off a nearby telephone box and bounced onto the floor harmlessly. The court also heard that the unnamed friend who was with Blundell and Colgate had a cosh — a thick, heavy stick or bar used as a weapon— which he used to hit the electrician on the back of the head.
Colgate was reportedly driving her car away from the garage when Blundell allegedly forced his way out of the car with the friend and shot Pordage. Jurors in the court heard how Samuels described the sound of the gun going off as two "pops" in his witness statement.
Pordage, who is from Galleywood, was immediately rushed to the hospital after the shooting at 2 am but died in the hospital a little later.
Blundell booked it after the shooting took place and was on the run from the police until he finally handed himself over to the police in Amsterdam on March 31 this year. The court also heard that Colgate was accused of conspiring with Blundell over the trial and had allegedly promised the teen that she would testify that she "could not remember" what happened.
Blundell, who is from Boreham, Essex, denies murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. Colgate, who is from Chelmsford, denies conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The trial is expected to last for three weeks.