The mum of a six-year-old boy shot dead by his great-grandfather has pleaded with a judge to send him to prison ahead of his sentencing later today.
Jenny Dees says she hasn’t received an apology from her grandad, Albert Grannon, 78, nearly a year after the fatal shooting on July 26.
Her son Stanley Metcalf was ‘accidentally’ shot by Grannon who fired an air rifle pellet into his abdomen.
He will be sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today after he pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Stanley and the possession of a firearm without a certificate.
Humberside Police previously said Grannon had shown no remorse until he pleaded guilty at a court hearing last month.
Miss Dees has now called for the judge sentencing her grandfather to send him to prison.
She said: ‘For me, I don’t believe he should be coming home.
II do believe he does need to go to prison and take responsibility for the death of my son. He caused the death of my son.’
Miss Dees says in the 11 months since Stanley’s death, Grannon has not shown any remorse or apologised once.
She said: ‘I have had no remorse shown to me. I have had no apology and that is unbearable and unbelievable to see.
‘I loved and respected my granddad so much and the day Stanley died I thought he would come to me and say he was sorry, why wouldn’t he? But he didn’t.
‘People say he is in shock and that he will say sorry afterwards. We are nearly up to a year now and he hasn’t.
‘I do believe that if you cause the death of somebody, regardless of whether you meant to or not, there should be a punishment in place and that is going to prison.’
Stanley was being looked after by Grannon and his wife Jennifer at their home in the village of Sproatley near Hull, East Yorkshire, when the incident happened at around 4pm.
The boy was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary with serious injuries after the pellet made a hole in his abdomen, but tragically died.
Stanley’s cause of death was an ‘air gun projectile wound to the abdomen’, it was heard at an inquest opening into his death.
Stanley’s great-grandmother, Jennifer Grannon described the youngster as a ‘brainy, kind little boy’.
At his funeral last year, family members described Stanley, who had a twin sister, Elsie May, as a ‘loving, caring and beautiful boy’ who ‘adored’ playing football.
His sister at on top of the horse-drawn hearse carrying his coffin as it arrived at the service.
The cortege received a guard of honour from mourners dressed in superhero costumes.
Stanley’s family have since set up Stanley’s Law in his memory as they call for more regulation over the sale and use of air powered weapons.
The law in Scotland states it is an offence to use, possess, purchase or acquire an air weapon without holding an air weapon certificate.
Miss Dees is campaigning for the same law to apply in England and for people to be more educated when it comes to using and owning air weapons.
She said: ‘I want more awareness and education around air rifles and more training around them.
‘My personal opinion is that it is too easy to go into a shop and buy an air rifle with a few little bits of ID and be able to walk out it.
‘I am trying to change the law around that and get the right education in place.’
The petition has since gathered more than 5,700 signatures since it was launched late last year.
Miss Dees said: ‘It shouldn’t have taken the death of my son for laws to change.
He was such a beautiful little boy and so loving.
‘His life was taken away and that is due to the fact that people are handling air rifles that are -12ft/lb and under without any training.
‘I do believe there needs to be a law in place for training and education.
‘People say there is no danger in a rifle like that, but I have the evidence to proof there is – my little boy is dead.
‘I can’t bring Stanley back, but if this campaign and petition stops just one person losing their life it will be worth it.
‘I promised Stanley I would do this and get this out there so nothing like this would ever happen again.’