Aaron Giles and Kevin Chapman Wiki – Bio
Aaron Giles, 29, and Kevin Chapman, 40, now face prison time for their roles in the shooting, but the man who pulled the trigger has not been brought to justice.
The court heard that Giles had been involved in a “tit for tat” fight with Ryan Carr, although the exact cause of the dispute remains unclear. It escalated dramatically after Giles sent a gunman to the property where Carr lived with his partner, Sharna Hadaway, and his young son. All three were inside at the time of the shooting. Video of the shocking incident shows the gunman approaching the property, opening the garden gate, and then firing two shotgun rounds into the house before fleeing.
A jury found Giles and Chapman, both of South Shields, not guilty of conspiracy to murder, but guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Prosecutor Jamie Hill KC told the court that there were screams outside the house leading Carr and Hadaway to investigate shortly before the gunman opened fire. Fortunately, no one was injured in the incident.
Aaron Giles, 29, and Kevin Chapman 40 years old.
Aaron Giles and Kevin Chapman sentenced and facing jail after shooting on South Tyneside
Ms. Hadaway, who was inside the home at the time, told detectives: “Ryan and I were talking in the kitchen and I was knocking on the back door and I heard ‘Ryan. “I went out to the back garden and took a look and couldn’t see anything and went back into the house. I told Ryan there was screaming outside. He went to the front door and took a look and there was no one there. About five to ten minutes later there were two massive knocks on my door and my door was rattling.” He then went to inspect the damage to the door and found multiple holes, some of which were described as “huge” and others “small.”
Speaking after the trial, Chief Inspector Louise Jenkins, Northumbria Police, said: “This was an appalling incident where a shotgun was brazenly fired at an address in South Shields.” It is pure luck that no one was seriously injured or killed. From the beginning of this investigation, we were determined to ensure that effective justice was served against anyone who had any role in this shooting, and I am pleased that the jury has now convicted Giles and Chapman for their roles.
“This result is only possible thanks to the excellent work of a team of detectives and personnel from across the Force who conducted extensive investigations to ensure that both defendants had their day in court. ‘I would also like to thank our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service for their continued support. Incidents of this nature are rare in our area, but when they do occur, we take them very seriously and are committed to acting swiftly and firmly.” Both Giles and Chapman have been remanded and will be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on May 5.