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Drunk man fatally shoots his best friend while playing with gun

By Mason White 5:21 PM December 30, 2014
Stephen Frewer 

By: Chan Yuan
A man was arrested, charged and convicted of manslaughter after shooting his best friend while being drunk, prosecutors in the United Kingdom said.

38-year-old Stephen Frewer of Byron Street in Loughborough, pleaded guilty to killing 41-year-old Lee Marston. He was sentenced to seven years in prison at the Leicester Crown Court.

The incident happened around 3:00 a.m. on Sunday. Frewer, who has a shotgun license, was at his home with Marston.

The two, who had been friends for several years, had been out drinking earlier in the evening and were intoxicated when they began fooling around with the shotgun.

Unfortunately, Marston was killed, having received a fatal shotgun wound to the head.

Detective Inspector Alex Hathaway, who investigated the incident, said: “This was a tragic incident which could so easily have been avoided. The Marston family will spend the rest of their lives living with the consequences of this preventable incident.

“Frewer held a shotgun license and kept his shotgun in accordance with the terms of his license. However, while influenced by alcohol, he made an irresponsible decision to go and get his firearm and behave in a criminally reckless way.

“While Frewer had no intention of killing his friend, this case is a valuable lesson about the devastating consequences of mixing alcohol and firearms. I am pleased that Frewer did the right thing and pleaded guilty.”