Husband killed and wife injured in Jehovah's Witness shooting UK

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  • PoppyR

    Headline in the Daily Mirror. (UK) . well online at least.

    Here is a link to the article

    But if that doesn't work, this is the copied and pasted version

    A 23-year-old man, believed to be their daughter's former boyfriend, was arrested yesterday in an armed police swoop after the brutal slaying.

    Adam Hustler, 41, died in hospital after an attacker opened fire with a hunting rifle at the Jehovah's Witness couple's detached house in a Cornwall hamlet.

    His wife Amanda, 40, was shot twice in the back as she tried to flee after her husband was gunned down. Details of her condition remained unknown.

    The man in custody, thought to have been in a relationship with the couple's 19-year-old daughter Danielle, was also being treated in hospital for head injuries understood to be self-inflicted.

    Danielle, who was in the house at the time of the shootings, was unharmed and helping detectives as a witness to the terrible attack.

    Her younger sister Abigail, 16, also escaped the bloodshed while at their seven-bedroom, s500,000 home.

    Armed police were deployed after the traumatised sisters made a frantic 999 call just before 10pm on Saturday after the shootings at Porth Kea House, in Porth Kea, near Truro.

    In an operation involving dozens of officers, including trained negotiators, the suspect was arrested at about 5am yesterday at his home in Penzance.

    Porth Kea is a hamlet of around 20 houses close to the banks of the River Fal in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Neighbours were still coming to terms with the tragedy last night after the road through the village was sealed off by police as inquiries into the shootings continued.

    Local councillor Tomas Hill said: "Adam had just moved into Porth Kea House and was renovating every last part of it.

    "It is one of the safest and most desirable places in Cornwall so for something like this to happen is a complete shock. For somebody to do this there must be something wrong with them in the head, they must be ill or sick."

    A statement on behalf of the family, released by a friend yesterday, described Mr Hustler, who ran local drain clearance firm Clear-Flow, as "a loving husband and father".

    Fellow Jehovah's Witness Tim Mears said: "The family have asked me to say that they are very shocked by these terrible and very unexpected events.

    "Friends and family are providing loving support and comforting those affected. Our thoughts and prayers are with Amanda and her two daughters at this most difficult time.

    "Adam Hustler was a loving husband and father.

    "He was a generous and caring person who thought the world of his wife and daughters.

    "He was thoughtful and always ready to help and support others when they needed help.

    "He is a great loss to all who knew him, and especially those that shared his Christian values."

    Mrs Hustler has been transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but no update on her condition had been released by police last night.

    The Jehovah's Witness movement began in America towards the end of the 19th century.

    Followers are best-known for their door-to-door preaching of their religion, which includes the belief that humanity is in its "last days" and a final battle between good and evil will be fought soon.

    The movement, founded under the leadership of Charles Taze Russell, believes the traditional Christian churches have deviated from the true teachings of the Bible.

    Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas or Easter because they believe those festivals are based on pagan customs and religions. They point out Jesus did not ask his followers to mark his birthday.

    Estimates suggest there are about 6.9 million active followers in 235 countries, including a million in the USA and around 130,000 in the UK.

  • Gill

    Goes without saying that this is a terrible tragedy.

    The father, who was killed may well have had a point about his daughter not having a relationship with this unstable man.

    However, you can already hear the WT take on this, or those who repeat their speal and propaganda, that this is a good reason and example of why we should 'isolate' ourselves from 'worldly people.' Sadly, the young girl will have to deal with the guilt that will be heaped on her for going out of the bOrg for a boyfriend.

    Either way, it doesn't change the fact that this is a sad tragedy that could have happened to anyone!

  • mary stewart
    mary stewart

    this is so sad! but i wonder if they're ever hounded for their expensive home?

  • wherehasmyhairgone

    the boy in question was a JW - a new , but a baptized JW


    The husband was a rich business man with a magnificent uptown house who would have found it harder to get into the kingdom than a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.

    Jehovah has a history or using worldly people to execute his chosen ones who play with the rules and fingerprints are all over this crime.

    The businessman forget he was meant to be poor sheep in need of a shepherd and wait on Jehovah for a big house in the new world.

    Maybe this is Armageddon and the rich are being picked off first?

    Gladiator - I see you haven't lost the JW attitude of contempt for others.


    Thank you for your compliment.

    Contempt for others is a fine quality in a gladiator but it must be applied judiciously.

    I save my greatest contempt for hypocritical rich male JWs. If I had my way the husband that was shot would have been stuffed with Watchtowers and fed to the lions.

    Hail Cesar!

  • so

    Man denies murder charge

    Saturday, February 21, 2009, 10:00

    A MAN has appeared in court charged with murdering a Cornish businessman and the attempted murders of his wife and eldest daughter.

    Jonathan Vivian Cock, 23, stood in the dock at Truro Crown Court yesterday afternoon flanked by two security officers.

    He spoke during the five-minute hearing only to confirm his name and to enter not guilty pleas to the murder of Adam Hustler, the attempted murder of Amanda Hustler, and the attempted murder of Danielle Hustler.

    Danielle was Cock's former girlfriend.

    Adam Hustler, 41, a devout Jehovah's Witness, was shot dead at his home at Porth Kea, near Truro, on September 20.

    The injured man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, at Trelikse, Truro, where he later died from his injuries.

    Mr Hustler's wife Amanda, 40, who shares the same faith, suffered gunshot wounds to her back but survived.

    She was taken to the same hospital as her husband before being transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where she recovered.

    The couple's eldest daughter Danielle, 20, was uninjured during the incident.

    Their other daughter Abigail, 16, also escaped injury.

    Mr Hustler was managing director of waste pumping company Clear-Flow, a family business.

    Cock, of Penzance, a former RAF avionics technician, had worked for the Hustler family's business in 2007 with Miss Hustler, who is an engineer.

    After the shooting Cock was found with self-inflicted wounds to his head.

    He was taken to Derriford and has since had a number of operations. Yesterday the crown of his head was shaved from ear to ear – a band of stitches also stretched from ear to ear.

    Judge Christopher Elwen adjourned the case until July 20 when the trial will be held. No application for bail was made and Cock was remanded in custody.

  • Snoozy
    Roberts said:"She packed him up. They'd been together for about a year."

    Did that mean they were living together?..Surely not!.


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