Somerset

Man found guilty of murder at Somerset caravan site

Wilfred Isaacs Image copyright Avon and Somerset Police
Image caption Wilfred Isaacs Senior, 49, was killed in the shooting at Chubbards Cross caravan site on 5 May

A man has been convicted of murdering a grandfather who was shot dead in front of his family at a caravan site.

Wilfred Isaacs Sr, 49, died and his son, Wilfie Isaacs Jr, was injured at the Chubbards Cross caravan park, near Ilminster, Somerset, on 5 May.

Bristol Crown Court heard Charlie Broadway fired shots at his neighbour Mr Isaacs Sr after a long-running feud between the two traveller families.

His brothers John and William Broadway were found guilty of manslaughter.

Charlie Broadway, 24, was also found guilty of the attempted murder of Mr Isaacs Jr.

Earlier in the trial, jurors heard tensions had been running high between the two families, who had "fallen out", for almost two years.

On the day of the shooting, the court heard a row had broken out and John Broadway, 38, known as Dewey, had given the order to younger brother Billy, 18, to fetch a gun.

Image caption John Broadway, 38, and younger brothers Charlie, 24, and Billy, 18, all pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder

Billy then passed the weapon to Charlie who shot Mr Isaacs Sr at close range in front of his partner, two sons and young granddaughter.

The court heard the shooting had followed an earlier violent altercation in which Charlie Broadway, his two brothers-in-law, Joseph Finney and Riley Jones, attacked Mr Isaacs Sr with a metal bar.

Mr Broadway along with Mr Finney and Mr Jones were also found guilty of unlawfully wounding Mr Isaacs Sr.

Bonnie Wilson was found guilty of assisting an offender.

Speaking after the verdicts, Det Lorna Dallimore of Avon and Somerset Police, said the shootings had been a "senseless act" which had "ultimately destroyed the lives of two families".

"We carried out a meticulous review of the events leading up to the shootings, which uncovered evidence of a serious assault on Wilfred Sr earlier in the day, in which he was punched, kicked and struck with a metal bar," she said.

"My thoughts are with the family."

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