A 78-YEAR-OLD man has been jailed for three years after shooting dead his great-grandson as he checked his unlicensed air rifle.
Albert Grannon shot six-year-old Stanley Metcalf in the stomach during a family gathering at his home.
Sheffield crown court heard how the youngster said: ‘You shot me, grandad,’ after shocked relatives heard a loud bang in the house last July.
Grannon, of Sproatley, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, admitted manslaughter at a previous hearing.
Yesterday, he showed no emotion as the judge, Mr Justice Lavender, said he had no choice but to jail him.
The judge told Grannon: ‘You ended a young life and you brought lifelong grief and misery to his parents and to the whole of his family.’ He added: ‘What you did was obviously a very dangerous thing to do. Why on earth did you do it?’
The court heard how football-mad Stanley’s extended family had been split by the incident. Some relatives, including his parents, sat in the court itself while others were in the public gallery. Many were in tears as the sentence was passed. As Grannon was taken down, one woman shouted from the balcony: ‘Love you, dad.’
But Stanley’s mum Jenny Dees said of her grandfather: ‘Not once did he say sorry. Now if he did, it would be meaningless — too little, too late.’ She added: ‘I don’t feel sorry for him now.’
Paul Genney, defending, told the court that Grannon ‘blames himself totally’ for Stanley’s death.
The jury heard how the air rifle needed a firearms certificate because its power meant it was categorised as ‘specially dangerous’.
Grannon knew he needed a licence for the weapon, which had been modified, said John Elvidge QC, prosecuting. But knew he would not get one because an injury to his right hand meant he could only fire it with his left. He is right-handed.