Tragedy follows trial of gun killer

By Mark Lavery

A GRIEVING dad took a cocktail of drugs and died just days after the killer of his 21-year-old son was jailed.

Professional entertainer David Hughes was found slumped in a chair by his wife, Carol, outside their home in Watling Road, Castleford, last Tuesday afternoon

Mr Hughes, 45, was taken to Pontefract General Infirmary, where doctors battled to save him, but he died later the same day after suffering a heart attack.

Six days earlier, the man who killed his son, Jonathan, was jailed after a prank with a high-powered air rifle went tragically wrong.

At the opening of an inquest into David Hughes’s death at Wakefield yesterday, coroner’s officer Neville Oughtibridge said: “It was clear to doctors that the deceased had in all probability taken a cocktail of blood pressure and anti-depressant medication.”

The inquest was adjourned pending further inquiries.

Powerful

Leeds Crown Court heard Christopher Brain, 20, and Jonathan, would lark around with unloaded air weapons.

But their activities went terribly wrong when Brain fired his rifle – which had been modified to make it twice as powerful – not realising it was loaded.

Brain, 20, of Stansfield Road, Airedale, Castleford, was convicted at Leeds Crown Court of the manslaughter of Jonathan Hughes.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to a second charge of possession of the weapon without a firearms certificate.

Sentencing Brain to three years’ custody, Mr Justice Elias told him he had carried out an act of “great folly” and killed one of his oldest friends.

The judge said Brain always accepted he was responsible for the shooting. The jury had to decide whether his conduct was reckless.

mark.lavery@ypn.co.uk

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