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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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Millom schoolboy's death a 'tragic' accident

THE ‘tragic’ death of a Millom schoolboy who died after being shot in the head was an accident, a coroner has ruled.

Edward Benjamin Gabbert died in the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on November 22 last year.

An inquest in Barrow Town Hall today heard how the 15-year-old suffered a single gunshot wound to the head while he was lamping with Lee Thorne and Philip Harvey.

The inquest was told Mr Thorne and Mr Harvey both had gun licences and at no point did Edward fire or handle the guns.

The court heard how Mr Thorne slipped while on a rocky outcrop and he described the moment he heard the gunshot ring out before catching Edward as he fell.

Mr Ian Smith, coroner for South Cumbria, recorded a verdict of accidental death.

See tomorrow’s Evening Mail for the full story.


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