Man pleads guilty to manslaughter over firearms death of grandfather in North Yorkshire village

A man faces a lengthy prison sentence after admitting to killing a grandfather in a shooting at a village near Redcar.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 11:09 am
Updated Monday, 26th October 2020, 11:14 am
Picture of Christopher Kay issued by Cleveland Police

Jamie Hellings pleaded guilty to manslaughter today (Monday) over the death of Christopher Kay, who was killed in the firearms incident at Carlin How, an East Cleveland village between Whitby and Middlesborough.

Hellings, 32, also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a firearms certificate in the short hearing at Teesside Crown Court this morning.

The court heard Hellings, of Coronation Road, Loftus, had accepted responsibility for Mr Kay's death "from a very early stage".

Following Mr Kay's killing, a family statement said: “We are currently working on coming to terms with the fact that a member of our family has been taken away from us."

Hellings was remanded back into custody and is due to be sentenced on November 27.

Remanding Hellings, Judge Stephen Ashurst said: "There is no promise of anything other than an immediate prison sentence."

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