Shotgun accused says ex-girlfriend 'stitched him up'
A MAN who denies pressing a shotgun against his ex-girlfriend's head and pulling the trigger has told a jury the gun was not his and he had never touched it.
Jamie Jones, who denies two firearms offences, says his DNA, which was found on the gun, must have been transferred onto the trigger by someone else.
The jury at Swansea Crown Court heard he thought his alleged victim, and former partner, Rebecca Findlay was "stitching him up".
He denies possessing a firearm and using it to cause a fear of violence towards Miss Findlay.
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The prosecution allege the pair had been involved in a heated argument at his Trallwn home before Jones went upstairs to get the sawn-off shotgun.
Miss Findlay had already described to the jury, her version of events. She claims Jones came down the stairs, pointing the gun at her face before pushing it into her forehead. She said he then pulled the trigger on the unloaded gun, which measures 25.7in — something Jones denies.
His police interviews were read to the jury in which he alleged the double-barrelled shotgun and live cartridges, which were recovered from his garden, were not his, had been put there by someone else and he said he had never touched them.
"I don't know how it got there. I hadn't been at my house for two weeks, people had been looking for me, that's my hand ended up smashed with a metal bar," he said.
He asked police: "How do you know someone hasn't put that there because they're going to shoot me in my sleep?"
"It's not my gun. I don't know anything about it."
Jones, 29, now of Chirk Gardens, Blaenymaes, told the jury he had been "lying low" for two weeks before the alleged incident on February 5 after getting into trouble over a drugs debt.
He said he had not been staying at his then home on Dyffryn-Aur Road and he had returned home shortly before the alleged incident with Miss Findlay. He said when he returned, he found his house had been broken into and damaged.
He also told the jury his hand had been broken by the "mates" he owed money to as punishment.
He said his DNA must have been transferred onto to the trigger of the gun by one of those people.
"My DNA is probably on lots of things. People were staying in my house waiting for me. They could have been sat on my bed and that's covered in my DNA," he told police.
He said a fight had broken out after Miss Findlay had arrived at his home in the early hours.
He said she hit him twice and hit him in the face with a stiletto.
"I was going nuts in the end because she was doing my head in and she was hitting me. I hate it when girls hit me because I can't hit them back," he said during his interview.
He said he then "dragged" her out of his house.
She initially fell asleep on the sofa but said she decided to leave after Jones brought another woman, Jordan Duncan, to the house. Miss Findlay said she returned when she had realised she had forgotten her phone.
She said her ex-partner had become aggressive and a fight had broken out before he went upstairs, returning with a shotgun.
Jones said he was "shocked" when armed police arrived the following morning and claimed Miss Findlay was making up the allegations against him.
"She's a jackanory, a f****** storyteller, that's what she is," Jones said.
"Everything is a drama with her, it's like Jeremy f***** Kyle, that's what she is," he told police.
The trial continues.