Jehovah’s Witness shot dead and wife critically-ill after being gunned-down ‘by daughter’s jilted boyfriend’
A businessman has been murdered and his wife was in a critical condition in hospital last night following a double shooting at their £500,000 luxury home in Cornwall.
Jehovah’s Witness Adam Hustler and his wife Amanda were allegedly gunned down by their daughter’s jilted lover who is believed to have been forced to end the relationship because of their strict religious views.
Mr Hustler, 41, is believed to have been shot at close range with a high-velocity hunting rifle which tore through his vital organs.
Amanda, who is in her 40s, is understood to have been shot twice – possibly in her back – at the couple’s remote country home Porth Kea House in the picturesque hamlet of Porthkea, near Truro.
It is understood that the couple were strict followers of the religion and forced their eldest daughter Danielle, 20, to break up with her non-Witness boyfriend.
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses who knew the family, her boyfriend was ‘devastated’ by the break up and could have launched the attack in revenge.
The ‘very private’ couple were rushed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske, Truro, but Adam died of his injuries.
Amanda was later transferred from Treliske to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, where she is said to be in a critical condition.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are forbidden from receiving blood transfusions, and it is still unclear about whether one was needed.
Both their daughters, Danielle and Abbie, who is in her mid teens, were not believed to be hurt.
Sources at the hospital said the gunman allegedly shot Mr Hustler at close range using a high powered gun such as a .22 hunting rifle, before blasting Amanda in the back.
According to the source, the gunman then attempted to take his own life by shooting himself, but was unsuccessful.
Sep. 21, 2008 News Summary