A teenager shot and killed a man who said he ‘looked like the Milky Bar Kid’, a court heard.
John Pordage, 34, was killed by a single shot to the chest at around 2.10am at a BP garage on Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex, on August 5 last year.
Chelmsford Crown Court heard that either Mr Pordage or a friend told alleged gunman Bradley Blundell that he looked like the Milky Bar Kid.
The prosecution allege that Blundell, who was 17-years-old at the time and is now on the run from police, shot Mr Pordage dead.
Blundell, now 18, was one of three male passengers in the back of a car while its female driver filled it with fuel, the court was told.
Tracy Ayling QC said Mr Pordage or his friend made ‘flirtatious remarks’ to the driver, including that she had a ‘nice bum’.
‘Further comments were made, this time towards the males in the back of the (car), particularly in reference to Bradley Blundell,’ she added.
‘Reference was made to him looking like the Milky Bar Kid.
‘It may well be that that remark was the catalyst for what followed.’
The male passengers then got out of the car and there was a confrontation which ended in Mr Pordage being shot.
‘The reason for the shooting appears to be no more than either Mr Pordage or the friend he was with remarked that the driver of the car Mr Blundell was in had a nice bum,’ said Ms Ayling.
Two other teenagers are on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, denies Mr Pordage’s murder.
It is alleged that he got out of the car armed with an extendable baton – and while he did not fire the gun, he was acting together with Blundell and intended that Mr Pordage ‘suffer at least really serious bodily harm’.
Saul Stanley, 18, of no fixed address, denies two counts of possessing a prohibited firearm – a sawn-off shotgun and a converted revolver – two counts of possessing ammunition without a firearms certificate and one count of possessing prohibited ammunition.
Both Stanley and the 16-year-old boy deny attempting to pervert the course of justice by, together with Blundell, destroying or disposing of evidence including weapons, clothing and telephones.
The trial continues.