Pensioner shot with crossbow as he fixed satellite dish dies in hospital

The man who was shot with a crossbow as he fixed a satellite outside his house died in hospital this morning.

Gerald Corrigan was shot 22 days ago in the early hours of Friday April 19 outside his remote home near Holyhead on Anglesey.

The 74-year-old suffered "horrendous" injuries, North Wales Police said. It is not thought he has never regained consciousness since the shooting.

After he was shot the retired photography lecturer managed to stagger back into his home and alert his partner, who had been asleep at the time, and she called for an ambulance.

Police say the bolt had passed through his upper body and right arm and he was initially taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd at Bangor. He was later transferred to the specialist trauma centre at Stoke University Hospital.

DCI Brian Kearney said: "This is a truly shocking case and our thoughts are with Gerald’s family and friends at this very sad time.

"The family continue to be supported by specially trained Family Liaison Officers."

There are not thought to have been any arrests.

DCI Kearney described Mr Corrigan as a "decent respected member of the community" who loves fishing at Mackerel Rock on the island.

He said: "He loves wildlife. He was a lecturer in photography in Lancashire and he came here to retire over 20 years ago and has lived a peaceful life since he arrived."

He said that in his 22 years on the force in north Wales he has never dealt with an incident like this, adding: "This is a challenging investigation, but North Wales Police are determined to fully understand the sequence of events that led to Gerald Corrigan becoming critically injured."

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