iPhone saves life of man by blocking blast from shotgun attack

Ryan Duggan has been found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced on July 10. -- PHOTO: CHESHIRE POLICE
Ryan Duggan has been found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced on July 10. -- PHOTO: CHESHIRE POLICE
Mr Daniel Kennedy, who was shot at with a sawn-off shotgun (above left), suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, but his injuries could have been fatal if his iPhone 5c (above right) had not taken the brunt of it. -- PHOTO: CHESHIRE POLICE
Mr Daniel Kennedy, who was shot at with a sawn-off shotgun (above left), suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, but his injuries could have been fatal if his iPhone 5c (above right) had not taken the brunt of it. -- PHOTO: CHESHIRE POLICE

LONDON - A British man's iPhone saved his life when it shielded him from the blast of a sawn-off shotgun.

Mr Daniel Kennedy, 25, a resident of Cheshire in north-west England, suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, but his injuries could have been fatal if his iPhone 5c had not taken the brunt of it.

Mr Kennedy went outside his apartment block to confront a group of rowdy teenagers who had turned off the water supply to his flats in October last year.

After arguing with one of the teens, Mr Kennedy chased him down a footpath, said a report from the Cheshire Police made public on May 21.

The teen, later identified as Ryan Duggan, turned around mid-chase, pulled out a sawn-off shotgun and fired it at Mr Kennedy.

The victim was seriuosly injured in the abdomen, but he managed to get up and head back home to call the police and an ambulance.

When police found Mr Kennedy's mobile phone which had fallen out from his pocket, it was seriously damaged from the blast of the shotgun.

Police officers also found the shotgun wrapped in clingfilm and concealed under a bush at a nearby block of flats.

Lead investigator Gary McIntyre said: "Fortunately, the victim's mobile phone took the brunt of the shot and, as a result of this, he survived. This is remarkable - had that phone not been in his pocket at that time he would undoubtedly have died."

Duggan, 19, has been found guilty of attempted murder and will be sentenced on July 10.

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