Man sentenced for shooting child with air gun

27/02/2017

Jordan Walters (25) appeared before Judge Julian Lambert at Bristol Crown Court on Friday (24th Feb) for sentencing having pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing grievous bodily harm to an 18-month-old child.

Harry Studley, now aged two, still has a pellet lodged in his brain and has been left with damage to both eyes after Jordan Walters shot him with an airgun at a flat in Bristol last July. Harry required emergency surgery and the effects of his injury will remain with him throughout his life.

Judge Julian Lambert said: "You bear a very heavy responsibility for a crime that left a little boy fighting for his life and which leaves him with serious, permanent disability. Only the resolution of Harry in his fight for life and the brilliance of the surgical team saved him."

Jordan Walters was sentenced to 2 years' imprisonment, allowing for credit on what would have been a 3-year sentence had he not pleaded guilty at an early stage.

CPS South West District Crown Prosecutor Jill MacNamara said: "This awful tragedy is a stark reminder to us all that guns are dangerous and the consequences can have a huge impact on those involved. A small child has been left with health issues which will sadly affect the rest of his life."