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Great-grandfather admits killing boy, 6, with air rifle

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A 78-YEAR-OLD man has admitted killing his great-grandson with an air rifle.

Albert Grannon pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of six-year-old Stanley Metcalf on July 26 last year.

The youngster suffered a hole in the side of his abdomen when he was shot at a house in Sproatley, East Yorkshire. He was pronounced dead at Hull Royal Infirmary.

As well as the manslaughter charge, Grannon (pictured below) admitted possessing an air rifle without holding a firearms certificate.

Yesterday, he sat in the dock at Hull crown court wearing a checked jacket, shirt and tie, and listened to the brief proceedings through a headset. Family members were seated in the public gallery and on chairs within the courtroom normally reserved for jury members. In a statement after Stanley’s death, his family described him as being ‘vibrant and full of energy’.

They said: ‘Stanley was a loving, caring and beautiful boy. We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken and it still doesn’t feel real we won’t see his happy, smiling face again.’

The hearing was adjourned until Monday for pre-sentencing reports.

Grannon was granted conditional bail.