A JURY has been sworn in to start hearing evidence in the Cole Kershaw murder trial.

Teenager Cole was shot during an incident in Chesham Road, Bury, at 9.40pm on August 12 last year.

Cole, aged 18, was rushed to hospital but died a short time later.
At Manchester Crown Court four men have gone on trial in connection with his death.

Kamran Mohammed, aged 19, of Kingsdale Close, Bury, Khayam Ali Khurshid, aged 28, of Eton Hill Road, Radcliffe and Mohammed Izarrh Khan, aged 21, of Palace Street, Pimhole, Bury, all deny murder and possessing a firearm.
Raheem Hall, aged 19, of Hardfield Street, Heywood, has pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm.

Amid strict social distancing and hygiene to comply with coronavirus regulations, a jury of 12 people, plus two alternates, were selected for the trial, which is expected to last up to five weeks.

In order to maintain distance between participants in the trial, it is being held in two courtrooms at the Crown Square court, with two defendants in each of the docks and the rooms linked via a video link.

In the morning the prosecution is due to outline the case to the jury before they begin to hear evidence from witnesses.

The trial, presided over by Mrs Justice Yip, continues.