A DAD has been jailed for shooting an innocent builder in the head in a ‘vigilante-style attack’ after believing he had assaulted his son.
Deon Caley has been jailed for four-and-a-half years following the shooting in a quiet village street which police said could have blinded or even killed his victim.
Residents in Misterton, near Doncaster, were left shocked following the broad daylight shooting which happened when Kirk Taylor was carrying out repairs near the village’s methodist church.
Mr Taylor, a father-of-three, still feels the affects of nerve damage that may never heal after having the pellet surgically removed.
Caley, 48, of Grovewood Road, Misterton, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent and wounding with intent.
The incident happened Just after 1pm on April 11 when Caley approached Mr Taylor while he was completing renovation work near to Misterton Methodist Church, in High Street, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Caley pointed a .22 gas-powered air pistol at Mr Taylor’s head and fired after he believed the 40-year-old had been involved in an altercation with his teenage son earlier that day.
The pellet entered Mr Taylor’s forehead just above the left eye and lodged in his brow bone.
Caley was arrested later that day and the gas-powered air pistol was recovered from a hedgerow.
He received four-and-a-half years for each charge at last Thursday’s hearing. Both sentences are to run concurrently.
Police said not only was Mr Taylor innocent, but the assault had not taken place. Speaking after the hearing Det Cons David Sadler said: “This was a deliberate act by Caley to seriously injure a man, through some warped belief that he posed a threat to his family.
“There are rumours circulating in the village that this was a revenge attack following an assault on Caley’s son by Mr Taylor.
“Let me be clear, there was no such assault.
“Mr Taylor, who was minding his own business during his normal daily work, was lucky not to have been blinded by this pellet or even killed.
“May this case demonstrate to people the extent of damage air weapons can still cause and the serious view the criminal justice system takes of such irresponsible and dangerous behaviour.”