Ex-sol­dier ‘shot woman three times’

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A Gun-ob­sessed for­mer sol­dier suf­fer­ing from post trau­matic stress shot his land­lady twice be­fore calmly putting his weapon to her head and fir­ing a third shot into her skull, a court heard.

Aaron Wilkinson, 24, blasted Ju­dith Gar­nett, 52, with a shot­gun in the at­tic of her bun­ga­low, where he lodged.

A jury was told that Wilkinson ( above), who de­nies mur­der but ad­mits man­slaugh­ter on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity, “spoke about the fact that he had not man­aged to kill any en­emy sol­dier whilst in ac­tion and seemed dis­ap­pointed at not hav­ing fired a sin­gle shot”.

The pros­e­cu­tion also said that Mrs Gar­nett’s son John de­scribed Wilkinson as “ob­sessed with guns, get­ting quite an­i­mated in dis­cus­sions about them”.

Mrs Gar­nett, who ran a game farm, had her­self re­turned from a day’s shoot­ing to her home in Woodles­ford in Leeds, West Yorks, in Jan­uary last year.

Wilkinson had toured Afghanistan for six months in 2009.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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