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Pensioner admits killing six-year-old great-grandson with air rifle

Stanley Metcalf died from a pellet gun injury. Credit: PA

A 78-year-old man has admitted killing his six-year-old great-grandson with an air rifle.

Albert Grannon pleaded guilty at Hull Crown Court to the manslaughter of Stanley Metcalf at a house in Sproatley, East Yorkshire, last year.

Stanley suffered a hole in the side of his abdomen when he was shot with the gun on July 26.

The property in Sproatley, East Yorkshire, where Stanley Metcalf was killed. Credit: Henry Clare/PA

Grannon also admitted possessing an air rifle without holding a firearms certificate.

He sat in the dock wearing a checked jacket, shirt and tie, and listened to the brief proceedings through a headset.

John Elvidge QC, prosecuting, said the sentencing would be adjourned for pre-sentence reports.

Family members were seated in the public gallery and on chairs within the courtroom normally reserved for jury members.

No details of the offence were given during Monday's court hearing.

Stanley was found injured at a property in Church Lane and was pronounced dead later the same day after he was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.

An inquest opening at Hull Coroner's Court last year heard that the youngster died after suffering a pellet gun injury to the side of his abdomen.

In a statement issued following Stanley's death, his family described him as being "vibrant and full of energy".

They said: "We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken without Stanley and it still doesn't feel real we won't see his happy, smiling face again.

"There are no real words to express how the loss of Stanley has affected us and we all miss him so much.

"Stanley was a loving, caring and beautiful boy."

The hearing was adjourned until Monday afternoon in order for a sentencing date to be fixed.

Grannon was granted conditional bail.