A man has been jailed for three years for the manslaughter of his six-year-old great-grandson, who died from an air rifle injury. Last month, Albert Grannon, 78, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Stanley Metcalf who died following an incident at a house in Sproatley, East Yorkshire. Stanley suffered a hole in the side of his abdomen when he was shot by Albert Grannon from a few feet away at a family gathering on July 26 last year. The court heard today that the youngster said: ‘You shot me, granddad’ after the gun went off. The prosecutor said that the defendant had a habit of keeping the adapted air rifle loaded in a cupboard to shoot vermin.
Stanley had asked to see it and the pair went inside. He said that Grannon originally told police he was checking the gun was empty by pulling the trigger while pointing it downwards and Stanley was hit by a ricochet. Kate Middleton arrives at Wimbledon to watch Serena Williams But prosecutor John Elvidge QC said that experts had shown the rifle was discharged directly in the boy’s abdomen. Family members outside the house then heard a loud bang, the prosecutor said. Grannon admitted possessing an air rifle without holding a firearms certificate. No details of the offence were given during the plea hearing at Hull Crown Court. Stanley was found injured at a property in Church Lane and was pronounced dead later the same day after he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary. An inquest opening at Hull Coroner’s Court last year heard that the youngster died after suffering a pellet gun injury to the side of his abdomen. In a statement issued following Stanley’s death, his family described him as being ‘vibrant and full of energy’.
They said: ‘We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken without Stanley and it still doesn’t feel real we won’t see his happy, smiling face again. ‘There are no real words to express how the loss of Stanley has affected us and we all miss him so much. ‘Stanley was a loving, caring and beautiful boy.’ ‘Stanley was a loving, caring and beautiful boy’