Kent

Father and son jailed for Greenhithe shooting

Billy Smith senior
Image caption Billy Smith senior was sentenced to five years in prison

A father and son have been jailed after a 51-year-old man was shot in Kent.

Billy Smith, 42, of Hillhouse Road, Stone was sentenced to five years in prison, at Maidstone Crown Court, for the shooting in Greenhithe.

Billy Nelson Smith, 24, of Moorhen Walk was sentenced to three months, less 84 days he has already spent on remand.

The victim received gunshot wounds to his head and abdomen in the shooting, on 1 August.

Smith senior had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a firearm when prohibited, after the incident in Moorhen Walk.

Smith junior admitted to an earlier incident of common assault in St John's Road, in Stone, which police said "acted as a catalyst for the shooting."

Det Insp Chris Carter, from Kent Police said: "This was a despicable crime.

"Billy Smith senior used a firearm in the middle of a busy housing area on a summer evening and people living within the vicinity were rightly terrified.

"I am satisfied with the sentence imposed today.

"It does relate to lesser charges than Smith senior was originally arrested on suspicion of, but his guilty plea has saved members of the public from having to give evidence as part of a trial."

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