Doncaster gardener was shot with sawn-off shotgun, murder trial told

Jonathan Smith, 38, of Stainforth who died after being shot, a court heard
Jonathan Smith, 38, of Stainforth who died after being shot, a court heard

A Doncaster landscape gardener known as ‘Big John’ was allegedly murdered in a shotgun attack after a confrontation with his mother-in-law and her partner over access to his daughter, a court heard.

Jonathan Smith, aged 38, was shot with a sawn-off shotgun, first in the leg and then in the back as he sat in the driver’s seat of his Ford Transit van.

He had been using the vehicle as a battering ram against Peter Guy’s vehicle after a row, Hull Crown Court was told.

Guy, aged 54, a licensed gun holder of Melton Old Road, Melton, East Yorkshire, denies murder.

The court heard Smith, a traveller of Milfield Lane, Stainforth, was asked to leave Guy’s home after Mr Smith confronted his mother–in-law Jane Herring, 60.

There had been trouble between Mr Smith and his wife Heather and Mr Smith was angry his daughter had been staying with her grandmother, Ms Herring.

The court heard Mr Smith turned up at the property at 5pm on May 20.

Timothy Roberts QC, prosecuting, said Mr Smith texted his brother Jacob as he drove from Doncaster to Hull saying: “You will have to come to bail me out after this mission.” In the driver’s door pocket an axe, a knife and a machete were later found.

Mr Roberts told the jury Guy told police Mr Smith confronted him and Ms Herring, there was an argument and he was told to leave.

Mrs Herring dialed 999 after hearing Mr Smith ramming his van into property in the driveway.

Guy went outside but returned saying he had been stabbed in the neck by Mr Smith’s son. Then he went to his bedroom and returned with a shotgun intending to use it on Smith. The trial continues.