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Man jailed for 10 years after he shoots lover in VAGINA by accident during hotel drink and drug-fuel


A man has been jailed after accidentally firing a shotgun while it was inserted into his lover's vagina causing life-changing injuries.

David Jeffers, 47, fled in panic from a Britannia hotel in Manchester leaving his partner badly disfigured on the bed after their fantasy went catastrophically wrong.

The 46 year-old victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been left with life changing injuries to her bladder and female reproductive organs but luckily survived.

In the days before their sex-game, she told Jeffers of her sexual desires via text message, saying: 'I can't sleep, so excited.'

The victim, who worked as a manager in Stockport, Greater Manchester, had arranged and paid for him to stay with her at the hotel on January 30.

The couple consumed drink and drugs before engaging in sexual activity.

Jeffers, who lives in Harehills, Leeds, inserted the loaded shotgun, which he claims to have found in the toilet of the Wetherspoon's pub at Leeds train station, into her vagina before accidentally pressing the trigger.

As his victim lay naked on the bed, Jeffers phoned reception to ask for help before dressing himself and fleeing the hotel via a rear exit.

He made his way to Piccadilly train station where he caught a train back to Leeds in the early hours.

A hotel employee went to the room shared by the couple and heard the victim say "I am in agony, I am going to die."

She was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary with multiple gun shot pellets in the abdomen and received significant trauma injuries.

The victim received emergency surgery and is recovering from life-changing injuries.

In hospital she informed medical staff of the traumatic experience and described Jeffers as a 'bad man' who tried to 'blow her insides out'.

At Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court Jeffers, was due to stand trial for attempted murder, he pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after it emerged that the victim had agreed to take part in the act as part of her own sexual fantasy.

Jeffers received a 10 year custodial sentence for what the judge described as 'a sexual fantasy with dreadful consequences'.

The weapon was described as an 'antique' shotgun, the size of a handgun, which fired .410 pellets and is 'usually used to kill vermin'.

Prosecuting, Peter Wright QC, said: "Text messages between the two confirmed this was an intimate relationship. The defendant had access to a loaded fire arm which has never been found.

"The weapon, as described by both the victim and defendant was some form of shot gun or weapon capable of discharging shots.

"In appearance it looked like a small hand gun or musket of some form.

The Britannia hotel in Stockport where the incident happened in January

The victim was found by hotel staff after Jeffers fled the scene (Image: Manchester Evening News)

"From text messages received from his sister's phone it would appear that the defendant was no stranger to the possession of a loaded fire arm.

"Whether the text message related to the fire arm used that evening it is not possible to say but acquisition of this fire arm was not by chance.

"Drugs and alcohol had been consumed by both of them and tests confirmed the presence of cocaine in the victim's system and there is CCTV footage of the pair purchasing spirits from a nearby off license that evening.

"The physical injuries sustained by the victim are profound and long-lasting and they will be life changing and this was highly reckless and dangerous behaviour and there was here an intention to endanger life."

Jeffers' barrister, Oliver Saxby QC told the court his client had "absolutely no intention of harming her",

adding: "it being discharged was not by a deliberate act. He accepts that he was in possession of it when it went off but it was not deliberate."

The court heard how Jeffers, of Harehills in Leeds, has no relevant previous convictions for offences of this nature.

Passing the 10 year sentence, Judge John Potter, said: "Your guilty plea saved this victim having to give evidence as she has recently suffered a lapse in her mental health meaning that she was unable to give evidence at your trial.

"In the early hours of January 31 this year emergency services called to attend to a woman who lay naked and seriously injured at the Britannia Hotel in Stockport.

"She had suffered a gunshot wound to her abdomen area causing catastrophic damage.

"A shotgun had been discharged into her vagina.

"You had deliberately placed that firearm inside her vagina and at the time it was discharged your finger was on the trigger although it was accepted that you did not deliberately pull the trigger.

At Manchester Crown Court Jeffers, who was due to stand trial for attempted murder, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life

"This gun was used as part of a sexual fantasy with dreadful consequences and it is difficult to think of a more dangerous use of this weapon and this was a reckless and serious of the firearm.

"Her injuries are life threatening and she is having to cope with those for the rest of her life.

"She has been released from hospital but her daily life has been compromised and she faces the prospect of further surgery and she lives to suffer with the anguish for some time to come."