Prosecutor Mark Paltenghi read the texts sent between the four defendants during an alleged air rifle shooting spree in east London to the Snaresbrook crown court yesterday.
‘Hurry up, I’ve got bare haters around me now,’ read one of the messages.
Mr Paltenghi deciphered this as: ‘Hurry up, I’ve got a lot of people who don’t particularly like me here.’
Another text said: ‘Hurry up I’ve got a strap on me, this is bare bait.’
The barrister announced to the court: ‘We believe this means: “Hurry up, I’ve got a gun on me, and this is really risky”.’
After delivering these translations, the four defendants and the jurors reportedly burst out laughing.