Thu, 13 Jun 2019
Two QCs from No5 Barristers’ Chambers are facing each other in the courtroom in a murder trial over the death of a Shropshire mother.
David Mason QC and Earl Pinnock are actingthe prosecution in the trial of Andrew Hooper who is accused of shooting his estranged wife, Cheryl Hooper, 51, twice while she sat in her Land Rover Evoque on her drive in Newport.
Hooper, 46, is being represented by Phil Bradley QC. He denies murder.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Mrs Hooper had pulled up outside her home where she lived with her daughter, Georgia Hooper, 15, when she was killed on January 26 last year. Hooper pulled up behind them in his silver Land Rover Defender.
The jury heard that Hooper, who had a 400-acre farm, was able to follow the movements of his wife after fitting a tracking device to her car.
The defendant allegedly shot Mrs Hooper in the neck from around 5ft (1.5m) away after smashing the glass in her car window.
Hooper, who weeks earlier signed over all his licensed guns to a friend after three suicide attempts, left the scene before later turning the gun on himself. He has lost the ability to speak after suffering severe facial injuries. He is being assisted by an intermediary during the hearing.
The trial continues.
To read more about the case, visit: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7108015/Schoolgirl-15-weeps-tells-psychopath-step-father-murder-eyes.html