Businessman Guy Hedger was attempt during a break-in at his home in rural Dorset in April
A gay millionaire groaned in affliction as he lay dying from baleful gunshot wounds while his bedmate pleaded a 999 anxiety abettor to accelerate an ambulance afterwards their abode raided, a cloister heard.
Guy Hedger died of gunshot wounds afterwards intruders got into his £1million abode abreast Ringwood, Hampshire on April 30 as he and his his bedmate Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper slept upstairs.
Mr Hedger, 61, was woken by the couple’s dog and went to see what was activity on afore he was ordered aback admiral and told to lie, naked, abutting to his husband, prosecutors say.
He again got up to accessible a safe in the bedchamber but was attempt at absolute ambit with a sawn-off shotgun afterwards his bedmate triggered an alarm, the cloister heard.
Jason Baccus, 42, and Scott Keeping, 44, both of Bournemouth, forth with Kevin Downton, 40, of Winterborne Stickland, abreast Blandford, all abjure murder.
Jurors were played the 999 anxiety Mr Hedger-Cooper fabricated afterwards his bedmate was shot. He explained their abode had been burst into, and at one point appeared to be in tears, aural afraid and abbreviate of breath.
Mr Hedger can be heard assorted times groaning in affliction in the background, with his bedmate abating him ‘we accept got an ambulance coming, darling’.
Scott Keeping, Jason Baccus and Kevin Downton (pictured, larboard to right, in a cloister account from a antecedent hearing) all abjure annihilation and are now on balloon at Winchester Crown Court
Married brace Scott and Helen Keeping are on balloon in affiliation with the death
In the abbreviate clip, Mr Hedger-Cooper is audibly agitated and afflicted and Mr Hedger can be heard groaning in pain, argumentation for an ambulance.
Mr Hedger-Cooper struggles to get his words out at several credibility during the recording but tells the 999 abettor his bedmate has been attempt by ‘two men who bankrupt in with a shotgun’.
He tells the operator: ‘I allegation an ambulance, we’ve been burst into, he’s been shot.
‘My partner’s been attempt with a shotgun, we were burst into, there were two of them, I allegation an ambulance, he’s been attempt in the chest.’
At this point Mr Hedger can be heard groaning in the accomplishments and can be heard to say: ‘Call an ambulance.’
Mr Hedger-Cooper additionally said over the phone: ‘Two bodies bankrupt in cutting masks, they were balaclavas. They came through the window.’
Also aural in the blow is the aegis anxiety which was triggered aback Mr Hedger-Cooper apprenticed it during the alarming ordeal.
Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC told jurors about the declared annihilation in added detail and appear how Mr Hedger and his bedmate were ‘shaking’ in abhorrence as they were ordered to lay naked on their bed with their dog.
He said Mr Hedger had gone to bed about 10.30pm while his bedmate backward up watching a blur and let the dog out about 1am afore activity to bed.
Prior to that, about midnight, aback the case say the leash were anchored outside, Mr Hedger-Cooper saw his aegis lights beam assorted times but he ‘thought annihilation of it, cerebration it was a fox or cat’.
Mr Lickley QC explained they were woken aback their dog started barking. Mr Lickley QC said: ‘Simon recalls actuality awoken aback their dog went bench barking and Guy went downstairs.
‘A minute or so afterwards the dog and Guy alternate and two abnormal abaft them were two masked men. They were both cutting atramentous and had balaclavas.
‘The aboriginal man advancing in had a gun and Simon anticipation it was a sawn-off. The additional man had two bottles of albino and Simon accepted they came from his garage.
‘He was captivation the canteen upside down. Simon said the man with the albino was in allegation and did all the talking – we advance these were actuality acclimated as weapons.
‘Simon said they were told: ‘This is a burglary, this is a burglary, we will shoot you if you don’t do what we say. This is a robbery, lie bottomward and face the wall’.
‘They were told to lie on their advanced and they did what they were told as you ability expect.
‘Lying on their bed with their dog amid them, they were shaking. Guy was afraid heavily which may accept been a aftereffect of his affection problems.
Mr Hedger (right) and his bedmate Simon Hedger-Cooper (left) were ordered to face the wall
‘One of the men went through their bathrobe allowance and they could apprehend accoutrements actuality rustled. The man with the gun stood abreast them and said ‘stay still’.
‘The additional man shouted: ‘What’s the cipher for the f***ing safes?’ Guy got up and seemed to accord them the aboriginal two digits but again froze like he forgot.
‘Simon again got up and said he would do it for them, as he absolved accomplished he apprenticed the agitation button, he didn’t apperceive what to do and anticipation they ability be attempt so did it anyway.
‘When the button was pressed, it set off the alarms and lights started aflame alfresco and about beeline abroad he heard a big blast again heard Guy say ‘I’ve been shot’.
‘The man with the gun appeared to be abashed and ran out, the additional man ran off but again said ‘oh shit, I’ve abandoned the bag’ and came aback to aggregate it.
‘Simon looked bottomward and saw his bedmate bleeding from his chest and had a altercation about calling an ambulance, he again saw the landline and buzz was missing.’
The cloister heard the ambulance took 45 account to ability the acreage as there was ‘confusion’ over the blazon of anxiety they received.
Mr Lickley QC, who said it accustomed at 3.50am, 45 account afterwards the gunshot at 3.05am, said: ‘It had been a active night and they appeared to accept had some abashing over the blazon of anxiety they were ambidextrous with.’
Mr Hedger-Cooper gave badge a account of missing items, which included a Pandora agreeableness armlet and an Amadeus watch, and said the absolute accumulated amount was £124,000.
Search history on a buzz affiliated to Downton appear searches for the amount of Pandora charms and Amadeus watches, which Mr Lickley QC said was to ‘see what they were worth’.
Before the leash were arrested weeks later, Downton was apparent by a neighbour talking on the buzz while ‘agitated’ and could afterwards aroma afire advancing from his property.
Expert assay showed a Superdry covering had been burnt, which the cloister heard Downton was cutting at the time of the declared offence.
In badge account Baccus, accusatory his handcuffs were too tight, said: ‘I apperceive I’ve done commodity annoying but I’m activity to alpha blame off soon.’ Mr Lickley QC said this was a ‘significant’ animadversion by Baccus, who denies murder.
Mr Hedger died afterwards a break-in at his £1million home abreast the New Forest
Prosecutor Nigel Lickley QC told Winchester Crown Cloister that Mr Hedger-Cooper said to badge he remembered the man not captivation the gun accustomed two albino bottles upside down.
The case say these were taken from a wine arbor in Mr Hedger’s barn and were actuality captivated as weapons.
Mr Hedger-Cooper said that aback his bedmate could not bethink the aggregate to the safes, he offered to help, but on his way into the bathrobe room, he apprenticed a agitation button.
Mr Lickley said: ‘Simon Hedger-Cooper said he would accessible it for him and confused appear the safes. But on the bank they accept a agitation button and, as he went past, he apprenticed it.
‘He had been cerebration they ability be attempt anyhow so he anticipation it best to columnist the button.
‘When the agitation button was apprenticed this set off the anxiety and lights started aflame outside.
‘Mr Simon Hedger-Cooper said about beeline abroad he heard a big bang and Mr Hedger adage ‘I accept been shot’, or ‘I accept been hit, advice I’ve been shot’.’
Jurors heard that both men again fled from the house, authoritative off with added than £120,000 account of jewellery watches and backing they had baseborn from the home.
Mr Lickley said Baccus and Downton additionally took two phones – Mr Hedger-Cooper’s iPhone, and the landline buzz – which they alone abreast to breadth a dog ambler had their car anchored hours earlier.
He said the acumen for this was a ‘simple and apathetic one… to stop the survivor from calling the emergency services, to buy a few adored moments as they fled.
Addressing the board today, Mr Lickley asked: ‘Why booty such a weapon – loaded and able of killing, as it did, unless you were able to use it?
‘We advance there is an accessible acumen why you would booty a loaded gun.
‘It was taken loaded because the bodies who were amenable were able to use it to intimidate, threaten, annihilate and get away.’
The prosecutor added: ‘One of the two intruders said, as the two homeowners lay on the bed naked – as they had been ordered to – one of the two men said ‘we will shoot you if you don’t do what we say’. And they did absolutely that.’
Police at the arena afterward the cutting in April. Four bodies are now on balloon over the killing
It is declared that Baccus and Downton are the two men who entered the home, with Downtown said to be the shooter.
Keeping is said to accept acted as a ‘lookout’ and the leash fabricated off in a atramentous Ford Focus in which gun balance was afterwards found.
Gunshot balance analogous that begin on Mr Hedger was allegedly afterwards begin on a bandage apparent in the beam of Downton’s Vauxhall Astra.
He added: ‘This was no accidental adventitious event. It was anxiously planned and they were not activity to be chock-full – appropriately the loaded gun.’
Items taken from the couple’s abode were allegedly afterwards apparent abreast the abode Keeping aggregate with his wife Helen, and breadth Baccus was staying.
They were additionally begin in bushes abreast the abode and in a Ford Focus car Baccus and Keeping had bought canicule earlier, jurors heard.
Mr Lickley explained how they got into the house, saying: ‘It’s a ample alone abode accomplished by a continued driveway and electric gates, it’s amidst by breadth and a cardinal of neighbours who who were abashed by the incident.
‘The defendants entered by aggressive a neighbour’s railings, they affected a window and entered the barn and from there calmly got central with a aperture that was unlocked.’
Helen Keeping, 40, from Poole, denies two accuse of acceptable an blackmailer apropos to Baccus by allegedly administration of baseborn acreage and adolescent actor Keeping by allegedly accouterment him with a apocryphal account and administration of baseborn property.
The three macho defendants additionally pleaded not accusable to accuse of aggravated break-in and possessing a firearm with absorbed to account abhorrence or violence.
Baccus and Downton accept one allegation of break-in of automated bounds in Verwood on the aforementioned day as the Castlewood incident, but abjure addition answerability of break-in in the aforementioned area.
Mr Hedger, whose TV adverts won him awards, was declared as ‘kind and generous’ by his colleagues.
He ran business for LV afterwards alive for battling Direct Line but additionally helped advance three bounded colleges and a primary school.
Mr Hedger and his bedmate Simon entered a civilian affiliation in 2005, aboriginal active calm in a collapsed in Brighton afore affairs the Dorset abode in 2012.