Jonathan Cock pleads guilty to murdering Adam Hustler

20/07/2009

Jonathan Cock pleaded guilty to the murder of Adam Hustler today at Truro Crown Court. He also pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to Amanda Hustler and to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Commenting on the case, Superintendent Michelle Slevin said:

"These were brutal crimes, which led to the death of an innocent man who was a loving family man. The terrible events of 20 September 2008 will undoubtedly live with Mr Hustler's family for the rest of their lives and our thoughts today are with them at this most difficult and sensitive time. We wish to praise Amanda, Danielle and Abigail Hustler for their courage both at the time of this incident and throughout the investigation.

"The case has then been painstakingly built by the Major Crime Investigation Team working with the Crown Prosecution Service. We very much hope that the fact that there will not be a protracted trial will be of some comfort to the family and allow them at least some closure and that the result today will ease the uncertainty of the past eleven months."

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