Parents of boy, 6, killed with air rifle by great-grandad broke tragic news to twin sister

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  • Published on Jul 6, 2019
  • Stanley Metcalf was killed last July after Sam Grannon, 78, fired an air rifle at the young boy. This week, retired ship worker Grannon was jailed for three years after pleading guilty at Sheffield Crown Court to manslaughter by gross negligence. His parents, Jenny, 41, and partner Andy Metcalf, 40, spoke about the horrifying day on July 26 which tore their family apart. The couple, from Hull, went to the hospital where Stanley died after the tragic accident. Later, they were joined by Elsie, Stanley's twin sister. Andy, a cab driver, broke down as he told the Mail Online: "She had a little smile on her face when she saw us. "And then I had to tell her: 'I'm so sorry, but Stanley's died'." The children were particularly close, Jenny explained after both were conceived by IVF. Jenny, who had been married before and has two older children, Daniel, 21, and Ellie, 19, had been sterilised in her 20s. The twins shared a bedroom and always played together, but Elsie is now having counselling twice a week and suffers from separation anxiety when away from her mum. "It hits her in waves," Jenny said. "When she's feeling sad, she'll say she's got a tummy ache and add: 'I just miss Stanley'. "They were always together. We'll watch her walk into a park and stand there because she's having to learn how to play all over again." The parents added that the court case has split their family, as some family members have rallied around dad-of-four pensioner Grannon. It comes after Daily Star Online reported the great-grandad posted a holiday snap of himself smiling on what would have been Stanley's seventh birthday. "We couldn't believe how insensitive it was," Jenny said. "He was wishing everyone a happy Christmas but we weren't going to be having a happy Christmas." It was revealed during his trial that Grannon had modified his £90 air rifle to make it into a more powerful killing machine. He didn't bother to apply for a licence to have it modified as he knew he would have been turned down. The gun was - he claimed - for shooting rabbits, but was kept aimed and loaded on a kitchen shelf.

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