Devon

Plymouth man found guilty of Whitleigh shooting

Victim's home in Lancaster Gardens
Image caption Colin Pester was shot at his Plymouth home

A Plymouth man has been found guilty of shooting a businessman at his home.

Car dealer Colin Pester, 63, was seriously hurt in the shooting at his house in Lancaster Gardens, Whitleigh, Plymouth, Devon, in 2008.

Gary Ball, 45, of Beacon Park Road, Plymouth had denied robbery, possession of a firearm and grievous bodily harm.

Ball and Mark Gagen, 43, who pleaded guilty at an earlier date, will be sentenced at Plymouth Crown Court on Tuesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the investigation into the shooting

In a statement, the force said the victim and his family had acted with "great dignity" throughout the court proceedings.

"This involved an attack on a family in their own home and involved the use of a firearm," Det Sgt Ian Ringrose said.

"Both of these offences are extremely rare in Devon and Cornwall...but this investigation should serve as a warning to individuals who may choose to indulge in violence."

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