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Soham men deny attempted murder charge after shooting outside town




Two Soham men have denied trying to kill a 32 year old just outside the town last month.

Craig Garrod, of Hill Drove, and Wayne Bonus, of Sand Street, both denied attempting to murder Ben Davis when they appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on today.

The pair, who appeared via prison video link, spoke only to confirm their name and age, and both told the court they were innocent of the charge put before them.

Ben Davis was shot in the torso in Eye Hill Drove, pictured, in the early hours of September 5.
Ben Davis was shot in the torso in Eye Hill Drove, pictured, in the early hours of September 5.

Kevin Thompson, of Eastern Avenue, also appeared in the court in connection with the shooting.

Thompson, 39, stood in the dock as he denied assisting an offender by hiding a shotgun.

The trio are in court in relation to a shooting just outside Soham on September 5. Emergency services were called to Eye Hill Drove in the early hours to reports Mr Davis had been shot in the torso.

He was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, in a serious condition but the court was told today by Andrew Jackson, prosecuting, that Mr Davis was making a recovery.

During the 30 minute hearing the accused listened to how the case against them would proceed, with their defence solicitors Joanna Hardy, James Keeley, and Claire Matthews discussing how the trial would progress.

Judge David Farrell told the court the trial is expected to begin on March 8.

Judge Farrell told Bonus 38, who is also known as Wayne Simms, and Garrod, 26, they will remain in custody, and he released Thompson on conditional bail.

He warned the trio of the repercussions of failing to attend their trial next year.

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