The killing of Shane Gilmer was unlawful, a jury has concluded.
After a five-day inquest at Hull Coroners Court, the jury returned the conclusion following evidence that heard Shane, a housing officer for East Riding Council, had been shot with a crossbow by his neighbour Anthony Lawrence on January 12, 2018.
Lawrence crept into Shane's home that he shared with his pregnant partner Laura Sugden in Southburn, near Driffield, through an adjoining loft.
He lay in wait as Shane and Laura were out and attacked when they returned home.
Laura went upstairs to turn on an electric blanket and noticed a mark on the landing carpet. She pushed open a bedroom door and saw Lawrence standing with a crossbow.
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She was pushed back onto the bed and Shane confronted Lawrence who shot him with the crossbow.
Lawrence told the couple he would kill them both for getting him evicted from the house next door after alerting their letting agents about the smell of cannabis coming from the property.
Laura was also injured but managed to flee the scene and alert neighbours and emergency services.
Shane tragically died on arrival at Hull Royal Infirmary after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Lawrence had already left by the time emergency services arrived and a three-day manhunt ensued before his body was found in a caravan in North Yorkshire.
The jury delivered a unanimous conclusion that said Shane had been unlawfully killed.
The foreman said: "Shane Adrian Gilmer was shot by a man using a crossbow in Main Street, Southburn. The injuries sustained caused damage to the right forearm, liver and kidney which resulted in catastrophic blood loss. He was transported to Hull Royal Infirmary and despite treatment there, at the scene and on the way he lost his life.”
Professor Paul Marks paid tribute to Shane's family and said: "I can’t begin to imagine how the effects of Shane’s loss have affected the family. They have conducted themselves with great dignity.”