Thursday, 23 August 2012

"I'll be damned if I have not shot your daughter”

We don’t often come across gun crime in the Quarter Sessions so the shooting of 16 year old Emma Hills of Beeston instantly caught our attention.

Emma Hills retold how she had been going home along with her friend Emma Ilsley when they were overtaken by Edmund Huckle and William Jeeves on Beeston Green.  Huckle was carrying a gun which he had acquired from his master.  She asked if his gun was loaded and he said no.  He asked her to walk by his side and she said she would not and ran forward.  She heard the gun almost immediately.  As soon as the gun went off she felt as if she was on fire about her neck and she fell down.  Huckle picked her up and carried her home.  When Emma made no response to her mother’s questions, Huckle said “Mrs Hills I’ll be damned if I have not shot your daughter”.  She replied “you haven’t have you?” and he said that he had.  When the blood was removed, Mrs Hills saw that her daughter had been shot on the left side of the face and down her neck and shoulders. 

Fortunately the doctors, Emma’s family and Emma herself declared the incident to have been an accident and the wounds appeared relatively minor.  Edmund Huckle was found not guilty of the unlawful, malicious and felonious shooting of Emma Hill and went back to his wife Sarah and his rapidly expanding family.


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