Shane Gilmer begged a 999 call operator to tell his family that he loved them and how he “really, really wanted this baby”.
But he would never tragically never meet his then unborn child as he lay bleeding to death in the home he shared with pregnant girlfriend Laura Sugden on the evening of January 12, 2018.
On the second day of the inquest into his death, a jury heard Mr Gilmer’s heartbreaking final words as a transcript of the gruelling 999 call he made was read out to the court.
Mr Gilmer, 30, a housing officer at East Riding Council, made the call just moments after crazed neighbour Antony Lawrence left the couple's home.
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Lawrence, 55, had broken into their home in the sleepy village of Southburn, near Driffield, and lay in wait of the couple’s return from their night out at the Gino D’Acampo restaurant in Kingswood, Hull.
The “loner” next door neighbour shot Mr Gilmer twice with a crossbow, fatally wounding him before injured Ms Sugden raised the alarm with nearby neighbours. Read more here.
During the horrendous call, the court heard how Shane had to drag himself – with an arrow in his torso - downstairs to reach a telephone after killer Lawrence smashed his mobile phone in front of him.
He proceeded to worriedly ask the operator the whereabouts of pregnant girlfriend Ms Sugden, telling the operator: “I think I am going to die."
The call connected at 9.38pm as panic-stricken Mr Gilmer told the operator “They’ve got my girlfriend, they’ve taken her. I collapsed on the floor, it’s taken ages to get downstairs.
“Oh god. Oh god. Oh god. I can’t hear you I think I am going to die. I need to say something. I love my children.”
The call operator proceeds to ask Mr Gilmer if he knew where his attacker had taken Ms Sugden.
“No, he lives in the house next door he is really dangerous. I can’t move. I don’t know how long I’ve been passed out for – there’s blood everywhere.
“I can’t believe this. He trashed my phone. I tell you what he’s done, he’s climbed up into his loft and into ours. I need you to find my girlfriend. F***** hell.”
Breathing very heavily at this point, Mr Gilmer said: “I can’t believe this is happening. I don’t know where she is. I need you to get here and find her.
“He’s pissed off with us because the landlord has evicted him. The landlord has evicted him because of the complaints we made. He had a grow in his bedroom. He’s really dangerous.
“I am in so much pain there is an arrow sticking out my side. Oh god, I love her so much, I’m going to be sick.”
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The court heard how Mr Gilmer cried out in pain, telling the operator: “Oh god, I can’t believe this. She was upstairs because I heard her scream and he was standing there with a f***** bow and arrow. I need her to know I love Laura.
“I need to tell my mum and dad I love them. I had fallen out with them last week but I really love them.
"I love Laura and I don’t know where he’s taken her. He’s got a little blue car. A Vauxhall. I can’t believe this has happened. I am in so much pain. My whole right side has gone numb,” he told the operator, screaming out in pain.
The operator then reassured Mr Gilmer that his messages for the family had been recorded in notes from the call.
“I think I am going to die," he said. "They are taking ages, I rang the police about this before. A few weeks ago the house stunk of weed.
"They told him their not renewing the tenancy because of the f**** weed. This man is so dangerous. A f***** bow and arrow. I don’t know if she is okay, I’m going to pass out.
“We live in the middle of nowhere but the longer we are leaving it he could be doing anything to her. I am covered in blood. I can’t move. I love her so much. I can’t believe how much blood there is – we are having a scan for the baby to find out what it is.
“I need them to find her, I don’t want them to help me,” Mr Gilmer told the operator, just as Ms Sugden lay on the floor in a neighbouring house telling another 999 operator a similar tale, and how she wished for an ambulance to tend to Mr Gilmer first - not her.
“It’s right in, [the arrow] about 10 inches into my body and it ripped through my arm as well. I think I passed out from the pain and I’ve come round. There’s blood everywhere and I mean everywhere.
"My friend warned me about him before he is so dangerous,” Mr Gilmer continued, crying out in pain.
“This pain is getting worse, it’s getting so much worse. Where are they? They are taking too long. There is blood pouring out."
“I pulled it out of my arm,” Mr Gilmer told the operator as she warned him not to remove the arrow from his side.
“I’m going to f***** die. Every time I breathe in it’s f***** stabbing into me even more, I don’t know how to lay. My stomach is killing me. Oh my god I really, really wanted this baby, I really wanted it.
“I feel like I’m fading. I’ve lost so much blood. She sounded so scared. I can’t believe this has happened. We had been to that restaurant in Hull for a nice meal and we came home and I heard her screaming.”
As officers smashed their way through the couple’s front door, the call recorded Mr Gilmer shouting: “Help, my girlfriend is missing”.
Officers proceeded to reassure Mr Gilmer that Ms Sugden was safe and well as the transcript recorded a male officer telling him: “Laura is alright, she is safe buddy”.
“Mate, I’m in a bad way,” Mr Gilmer told the officers. Checking that the ambulance service had arrived, the call operator then ended the call.
The couple were both taken to Hull Royal Infirmary and despite "heroic attempts to save his life", Mr Gilmer suffered a cardiac arrest and died in the early hours of January 13, 2018.
A manhunt was launched for Lawrence, also known as Tony Howarth, after the attack, with the village of Southburn put under lockdown. Police found Lawrence's body in rural North Yorkshire inside a caravan two days later.