Thirty-year sentence for man involved in Bagworth shooting
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A 53-year-old man has been sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment following a shooting in Bagworth earlier this year.
At around 9.20pm on Thursday 29 April, firearms officers were called to Barlestone Road following a report that a 22-year-old man had been shot in the chest. He was taken to hospital to be treated for life-threatening injuries and while his condition has improved, he is continuing to receive medical treatment.
Enquiries led by the force’s Complex Investigation Team (CIT) identified three possible suspects – Henry, Carol and Samantha Gaskin – who it was believed had travelled to the area from South Yorkshire.
Henry and Carol Gaskin were arrested by police in Humberside on 4 May, with Samantha Gaskin being arrested the following month. All three – of Lands End Road in Thorne, near Doncaster – were subsequently charged.
A trial began on Friday 3 December but yesterday (Wednesday 15 December), Henry Gaskin changed his plea and admitted a charge of attempted murder.
As a result, the case against Carol Gaskin, 51, and Samantha Gaskin, 29, was today discontinued.
Detective Inspector Mark Parish was the senior investigating officer. He said: “This was a challenging investigation that involved both officers from across Leicestershire Police as well as colleagues from other forces who aided our enquiries.
“Henry Gaskin is a dangerous individual who was prepared to use extreme violence – and a firearm – in order to try and take a person’s life. He didn’t care for the consequences of his actions.
“Despite initially denying his involvement, I am pleased that he eventually realised the evidence collated by our officers put him firmly at the centre of the investigation. He knew he had no choice but to admit he was responsible.
“I hope the public can take some reassurance from the fact he’s now serving a significant prison sentence and I also hope the victim is able to make a full recovery.”