Local witness testifies

The trial of Bradley Van Dyke and Clarence Gill continues in Quesnel Supreme Court

The woman who drove the alleged shooting victim told jurors he did not reveal who shot him.

Wednesday in Quesnel Supreme Court jurors heard evidence from a number of witnesses in the Bradley Van Dyke and Clarence Gill assault case.

“He only told you that he had been shot?” the defence lawyer asked.

“Yes,” answered the woman.

“There was no other explanation? He did not tell you who or whom caused [the injuries]?” the lawyer persisted.

“No,” she said.

Gill and Van Dyke plead not guilty Monday to four counts of assault. The two men are charged with a number of offences after an alleged incident Sept. 5, 2009.

Jurors heard from crown, the alleged victim was in his home on West Fraser Road when two men allegedly broke in, beat him with a baseball bat and shot him.

The alleged victim managed to escape and get to a neighbour’s house.

The neighbour was home with her three children when she heard banging.

“I opened the door and said ‘what’s up?’” she testified.

“He answered, ‘I need some help.’ So I said ‘what’s the problem.’ That’s when he told me he’d been shot.”

The neighbour quickly phoned 911 but her cell cut out, she then directed the victim to her truck and began driving him to the hospital.

“Did he ever show you the gunshot wound?” crown council asked.

“He lifted his shirt and revealed a bullet wound,” the woman answered.

“Do you remember what he was wearing?” crown asked.

“I remember blue jeans.”

The woman also testified she did not know the man, but said she recognized him.

Once back in cell service the woman again tried dialing 911, this time connecting with dispatch.

“I told them I was on my way,” she said.

“They asked me to ask him who had done this. But he didn’t answer.”

Jurors also heard from Quesnel RCMP member Cst. Hoover who attended the location of the alleged assault in Bouchie Lake and helped with the Williams Lake IDENT specialist and Cst. Harvey who was one of the first officers on scene.

Harvey testified he helped “clear” the scene; ensuring potential threats are determined and dealt with.

Harvey added when RCMP went through the house they found most of it was used as a marijuana grow operation.

The grow-op was found undisturbed.

The two-week trial is expected to wrap-up March 23.

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