A Bristol Crown Court acquitted Emma Horseman, 24, on charges of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Harry Studley on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence.
Judge Julian Lambert discharged her and said: “You have been acquitted on the verdict of a jury of your peers. Horseman, it was reported, showed no emotion when the jury returned the not guilty verdict to the single charge she faced. Judge Lambert told her “You may leave the dock.”
Emma Horseman covers her head leaving Bristol Crown court after she was acquitted on charges of encouraging the shooting of a toddler with an air gun
Court documents stated that the toddler’s mother Amy Allen, was visiting the home Horseman shared with her boyfriend Jordan Walters in July 2016. Allen had her 18-month-old son Harry Studley and his two-year-old brother Riley with her during the visit.
Horseman was accused of telling partner Jordan Walters to shoot the toddler after asking the boy’s mum: “How do you cope with them crying all the time?”
A jury heard Horseman and Walters were in their flat when mum Amy Allen arrived with her two children, Rile and Harry Studley,
The court was told Horseman told Walters while Harry was crying: “Shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry.”
Jordan Walters, himself a father-of-two, “aimed the gun [he was cleaning] at Harry and fired it right into Harry’s head”, the jury heard.
Harry was 18 months old when Jordan Walters pointed the weapon at him and pulled the trigger in July last year. The youngster was left with blood “gushing” from his head, fighting for his life after being shot in the head with the air gun, ‘he kept passing in and out of consciousness,’ a court heard.
Walters has already admitted unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm on the toddler.
Horseman was arraigned on charges of unlawfully and maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm to Harry Studley on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence.
But according to local paper, Bristol Post, Horseman denied the charges of inflicting ‘Grevious Bodily Harm’ on Harry in July last year on the basis that she aided or abetted an offence, the
Emma Horseman leaves Bristol Crown court earlier during the trial. She was charged with encouraging the shooting of 18-monh-old Harry Studley with an air gun
Prosecutor Andrew Macfarlane, told the Court Allen visited Horseman’s apartment on the day seeking help making contact with the organizer of a lending club.
“The circumstances of this case are both simple and horrifying”, Macfarlane said.
“Parents in a block of flats in Bristol meet up on one Friday afternoon with their children and, within an hour, a baby is fighting for his life on his way to hospital.”
The court heard Walters got an air rifle out from the kitchen cupboard, started to clean it and replaced two gas cylinders with new ones.
As he did so, Miss Allen’s young sons seemed upset, the court heard.
Mr Macfarlane said: “While the boys were upset Amy heard Emma say ‘oh Amy, how do you cope with them crying all the time?’
“Amy replied, ‘It’s easy, you just give them attention, sort of thing’.
“Seconds later while Harry was crying, Amy heard Horseman say ‘shoot Harry, just to frighten him, to shut him up, shoot it at Harry’.”
With that, the court heard Walters aimed the gun at Harry and fired it right into his head. The bullet hit the right side of the head in the temporal region between his forehead and his ear, the court heard.
According to the prosecution account: “The bullet penetrated Harry’s skull. He was operated on as a matter of extreme urgency and fortunately his life was saved.
“However, as you will hear when I read a summary of the surgeon’s work, you will learn that he could not have been described as making a full recovery by any means.”
Speaking of his son’s injuries Edward Studley said ‘Only time will tell how well he recovers full functionality,’ Studley said
“It’s going to be a long road to recovery but he’s getting there, back to the little boy he was before”.
“Thing are going well, he is recovering really well at the moment but things could still go wrong in the future.”
Both Walters and Horseman said they thought the gun wasn’t loaded.
After the verdict, Horseman was interviewed for 85 minutes but elected not to respond to all questions.
Harry’s parents, Miss Allen and Edward Studley, did not comment either as they left court hand in hand.
However, earlier on in trial Ms Allen spoke of the pain and emotional trauma inflicted on her family: “It’s been a hard and emotional time for the family and everyone that’s been supporting us.
“It’s been difficult for them to see Harry the way he was and it’s still hard for them now to look at him in hospital and see him in general. It’s been an emotional ride for us all.”