Two men jailed for Huthwaite shooting

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Two men who were involved in the shooting of a father-of-four in Huthwaite earlier this year, have been jailed today, Monday 22nd September.

Half-brothers Tristan Caunt (32) and Daniel Butler (30) were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court earlier this month of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

It relates to an incident in the early hours of Saturday 8th February when a man was shot through the letterbox of the door to his home in Cross Lane.

The victim, now 30, attended hospital where it was confirmed he had a number of shotgun pellets in his thigh.

Caunt, of Lobelia Close in St Ann’s, and Butler, of Nottingham Road in Old Basford, fled the scene in the vehicle they arrived in but were soon arrested. They were linked to the offence through in-depth phone analysis.

The pair were given lengthy jail terms with Caunt facing 16 years and Butler handed 13 years.

Det Insp Rich Monk said: “Here we had a case in which the victim of the shooting did not wish to cooperate with our investigation. Despite this we were still able to secure convictions. The Judge acknowledged that achievement.

“I hope today’s result will send a message out to the public and offenders that we can and will take action to make sure dangerous people can no longer harm our communities.

“These men visited a quiet residential street in the middle of the night armed with a gun, and intent on causing fear and, in the worst case, injury.

“They fired upon the door of a house containing four sleeping children. The presence of a flap on the inside of the letterbox is the only thing that shielded the victim from more serious injury.

“Only time will tell what impact the events of that night — the gunshot, the damage to their home, the distress experienced by their mother and the injury to their father — will have on them.

“I hope the fact that these two men have now been removed from the community so they can’t hurt anyone else offers them some comfort.

“Help us protect you and your family from crime. If you have any information about someone’s involvement in illegal firearms, call us.”

Phone 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously.