An ‘enraged’ former police firearms instructor fatally shot his daughter’s fiancé after being told his home was to be sold, a murder trial heard today.
The moment David Hucker, who had worked for the City of London force, twice fired his shotgun at Robert Williamson on May 11 this year was recorded in a 999 call.
Mr Williamson was on the phone to the emergency services when 69-year-old Hucker first fired his legally-held 12-bore Beretta at close range into his chest, penetrating a lung and fracturing ribs.
Severely injured and defenceless, the 43-year-old was then shot for a second time by the pensioner in his head and neck area, damaging his larynx.
A jury at Maidstone Crown Court, Kent, was told there was a 16-second delay between the two shots, and that unbeknown to Hucker the incident was being recorded by his son-in-law’s 999 call.
Mr Williamson’s screams and shouts of ‘He just shot me in the f***ing chest’ could be heard by the operator as she tried to connect him.
Hucker, a keen shooting enthusiast for 30 years, could then be heard telling a stricken Mr Williamson ‘I f***ing warned ya’ before the sound of the second shot was captured.
Firearms instructor David Hucker (pictured left) fatally shot his daughter’s fiancé Robert Williamson (pictured right) after being told his home was to be sold, a murder trial heard today
Hucker is alleged to have followed Mr Williamson upstairs, loading his gun as he went with high-performance cartridges, and taking off the safety catch to ‘make sure it was ready to fire’, said prosecutor Nicholas Corsellis QC.
The pensioner then shot a ‘cowering’ Mr Williamson, who was unarmed, in a bedroom at Hucker’s terraced home in Dartford, Kent, just after midday on May 11 this year.
The first shot from the valuable, ‘over and under’ double-barrel gun was said to have ‘mortally wounded’ Mr Williamson while the second would have left him unable to speak or communicate, and led to his ‘almost instantaneous’ death.
Mr Corsellis said at the start of Hucker’s trial: ‘Standing over Mr Williamson was the defendant and on the phone he can be heard to say after that second shot ‘I f***ing warned ya’, and then finishing off with ‘F*** ya’.
‘The Crown suggest that these words used speak for themselves. They reflect the fact that the defendant was enraged and intentionally killed his daughter’s partner, a man he viewed as his son-in-law.’
It is alleged Hucker ‘lost the plot’ after Mr Williamson – who was engaged to Hucker’s daughter Samantha – revealed they planned to sell the terraced property and told him to ‘f*** off out the house’.
The court heard the pensioner shot a ‘cowering’ Mr Williamson, who was unarmed, in a bedroom at Hucker’s terraced home in Dartford, Kent. Pictured: the scene in May last year
Miss Hucker had bought her father’s home in Dartford Road so he could continue living there after he divorced in 2018.
She and Mr Williamson were engaged at the time he died, having been in a relationship for 14 years.
However, financial difficulties from the pandemic, including Mr Williamson losing his construction and demolition job, led to the couple having to sell their home in nearby Northfleet, Kent.
They planned to live temporarily with Hucker and on the day of the alleged murder Mr Williamson was moving their possessions into the house.
But the two men, both described as ‘Alpha males’ and said by Hucker himself to have a ‘strained’ relationship, argued, leading Mr Williamson to reveal the house sale plans. This was then confirmed by Miss Hucker in a phone call with her father.
Mr Corsellis said faced with losing his home, and his shotgun licence as a result of Mr Williamson’s call to police, was ‘the final straw’ for Hucker and resulted in him ‘quite deliberately’ shooting him twice.
Pictured: Floral tributes left at the terraced house in Dartford Kent in May last year
Describing the incident as ‘dynamic’, he told the jury: ‘It is the Crown’s case that the defendant absolutely intended to kill Mr Williamson.
‘He was so incensed by the fact that Mr Williamson had told him to leave his own home, that he armed himself with, and then loaded, his shotgun.
‘He pursued him up the stairs, and then took the safety catch off the gun. Then, when Mr Williamson was on the phone to the police and was faced with not being he able to continue his passion for shooting, he deliberately shot him twice.’
However, he later denied any intention to hurt or kill Mr Williamson, claiming he wanted to only frighten him by firing the gun into the ceiling.
The jury also heard claims that Hucker had made previous comments about killing his son-in-law, including in the hours leading up to the alleged murder.
In an agitated state, he was said to have told his daughter in a phone call ‘I will kill him before he moves in here’, while a neighbour overheard him saying ‘I’m going to shoot the f***ing c**t’.
David Hucker denies murder and is standing trial at Maidstone Crown Court (pictured)
The court heard that Hucker’s next-door neighbour Barry Palmer told police that in the months prior to the fatal shooting, Hucker had told him ‘many times’ that ‘a shotgun would sort Mr Williamson out if he got too mouthy’.
The prosecution said Mr Williamson would have been ‘cowering away’ from Hucker when he was fatally shot.
In the 999 call, which was played in court, Hucker could also be heard telling the operator ‘I just shot him, two barrels’, adding ‘He told me to f*** off out of my own house’.
When interviewed by police he said that remark was ‘the red touch paper’ and so he ‘flew up’ the stairs, having armed himself to frighten and ‘shut up’ Mr Williamson.
But he admitted being someone who ‘will test to the extreme’ and that it had ‘maybe got out of hand’.
Hucker also told police the situation was ‘out of control’ and instinct had led to him firing the gun twice.
But he claimed he had only loaded the weapon to ‘put a shot in the ceiling’ and that the first discharge was accidental.
Hucker denies murder and the trial continues.