Killer jailed for 14 years for shooting dead Doncaster dad

Jonathan Smith of Stainforth, and below Peter Guy who has been jailed for 14 years.
Jonathan Smith of Stainforth, and below Peter Guy who has been jailed for 14 years.
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A killer has been locked up for 14 years for shooting dead a Doncaster dad following a family feud.

Peter Guy blasted his partner’s son-in-law, Jonathan Smith, in the leg and chest with a sawn-off shotgun after the 38-year-old tried to confront relatives over the care of his daughter.

Peter Guy, found guilty of manslaughter of Jonathan Smith, see story Hull News and Pictures

Peter Guy, found guilty of manslaughter of Jonathan Smith, see story Hull News and Pictures

There had been trouble between Mr Smith, of Milfield Lane Caravan Park, Stainforth, and his wife Heather, and he was angry that his daughter had been staying with her grandmother Jane Herring, a court heard.

Mr Smith, a traveller known as Big John, had confronted Mrs Herring twice on the day he was killed.

Still upset he went on a ‘mission’ with his son and another man, driving to Mrs Herring’s house. When he arrived he used his vehicle as a battering ram against the 54-year-old Guy’s Ford Transit.

In the ensuing chaos Guy was stabbed twice in the neck by Mr Smith’s 15-year-old son. Guy then shot Mr Smith at point-blank range as he was sat in the driver’s seat of his Ford Transit.

Guy, of Melton, near Hull, was cleared of murdering landscape gardener Mr Smith, following a two week trial at Hull Crown Court. But a jury rejected his claim he acted in self defence and found guilty of the manslaughter.

Mr Smith’s parents, John and Violet Smith, say their son’s death has ‘devastated and destroyed’ the family.

After the verdict, Mr Smith’s father John said: “We are so angry. It has devastated our family. Guy killed him in cold blood. To us, it was out and out murder.”

Mr Smith’s brother Jacob Smith added: “The verdict says you can shoot a traveller and get away with it. How can it be manslaughter when he shot him at point-blank range? To us, it was murder.”

The trial was told after Mr Smith had confronted Mrs Herring, his mother-in-law at her home angry that his daughter was staying with her.

At around 5pm on May 20 while four-times above the drink drive limit, Mr Smith drove from Doncaster to Hull with his son and another man armed with a knife, machete and axe.

Mr Smith had texted his brother Jacob as he drove with the message: “You will have to come to bail me out after this mission.”

The shooting was captured on a police 999 call which was played in court.

Mrs Herring was talking to an operator as Guy and Mr Smith rowed in her driveway.

Guy said: “What’s he rammed into? Mrs Herring “You van into the shed.”

Guy: “I’m gonna shoot him.” Despite the woman warning there were children in the cab two bangs are heard with the woman told the operator: “There are guns firing now will you come.”

Guy said: “I’ve ruined my life Jane.” I’ve ruined my life. I have killed him.”

Mrs Herring: “Oh God. For God’s sake I told you about these things, didn’t, I.”

Guy took over the call and told the operator: “He’s tried to hit me and I have pushed him away and his son stabbed me in the neck twice.

“I’m bleeding like a pig and he’s smashing the place up.

“I’ve shot Jonathan Smith, me son-in-law, well me partner’s son-in-law. He pleaded for the armed response team to be sent claiming there were “murders here, absolute murders.”