Northern Ireland man shot in head while trying cocaine in his car, court told
A man was allegedly shot in the head as he went to try suspected cocaine in his car, the High Court was told.
Prosecutors said it took months before the victim had recovered enough to accuse David Colgan of carrying out the gun attack in a remote part of Co Derry on March 9.
Details emerged as 22-year-old Colgan, of Smith Street in Moneymore, was granted bail on charges of attempted murder and possessing a firearm and ammunition with intent to endanger life.
Ruling that he can be released from custody, Mr Justice McCloskey said: "The shooting seems quite bizarre."
He was told the victim was discovered in the driver seat of a BMW car at Carndaisy Road, Moneymore.
The man had a gunshot wound to his head, later undergoing surgery to remove a bullet fragment.
When he first came out of intensive care he described himself as confused and suffering from memory loss, the court heard.
Crown lawyer Kate McKay said a member of the public who found him told police he had observed a 4x4-type vehicle in the laneway and heard "a loud crack".
Then on July 6 detectives were informed that a similar type of vehicle belonging to Colgan had been parked off-road for several months.
Searches of the 4x4 led to the recovery of cannabis, two pistols, an unknown white powder and two safes.
Amid efforts to locate Colgan the victim was assessed as fit to be interviewed by police on July 23.
He claimed the accused arrived in his 4x4 at the laneway for an arranged meeting, getting into his car and asking him to try a substance he alleged was cocaine, the court heard.
Mrs McKay continued: "He stated that as he leaned down to the central console to try the powder he heard a ringing in his ears and felt blood.
"He said he heard David Colgan say something about 'chicken blood', and his next memory was waking up in hospital."
No explanation or possible motive was given for the alleged attack, with no suggestion of any threats or falling-out.
Colgan was arrested the following day, providing a pre-prepared statement in which he denying any involvement in the incident.
Granting bail, Mr Justice McCloskey pointed out: "In many respects this shooting and the aftermath do not have the trappings of the kind of criminality with which this court is all to familiar."
He ordered Colgan to live at an agreed address under curfew, and banned him from any contact with the victim.
Belfast Telegraph Digital