The mother of one of Joshua Maynard’s rivals admitted to giving her son’s friend a knife on the night the 21-year-old was shot dead.
Kristy-Lee Kennedy told Newcastle Supreme Court yesterday her son Daniel Forbes had returned home on June 29, 2010 after spending the day celebrating a friend’s birthday.
She was giving evidence at the trial of Chad Sheddon, who has pleaded not guilty to murder after the prosecution rejected his plea of guilty to manslaughter.
The court heard Forbes, who has been sentenced for his involvement in the shooting, arrived at his mother’s Raymond Terrace home with four other boys about 8.30pm.
Ms Kennedy said she saw one of the boys had injuries to his face and was told he had been assaulted.
She said Forbes went into his bedroom and came out with a sword, which she took and hid before the group left.
Ms Kennedy said she contacted one of her son’s friends and explained what had happened.
The boy came to her house, where she handed him a long knife from a knife block in her kitchen, the court heard.
“He didn’t ask, I gave it to him,” Ms Kennedy said.
In his evidence, the boy, who cannot be named because of his age at the time of the shooting, told the court he met Forbes and
a group of men and boys at a house in Raymond Terrace.
He allegedly heard one say: “There’s going to be a really big fight because of this and it’s going to go down tonight.”
He said a group of boys left the house about 11pm and were walking the streets when a dark car pulled up alongside him.
Someone from inside the car asked, “Are you LSC?” and he replied, “What’s that?”
He told Justice Elizabeth Fullerton he knew LSC stood for Lakeside Crew, a basketball team he had been involved in, but he had feared being attacked.
The jury heard the car drove off and shortly after the boy said he heard yelling and screaming from Links Drive.
He said he ran to the scene where he was told by a friend “One of the guys has been shot” and another said “Get the f— out of here.”
The trial continues.