Police caught a crossbow killer using tracking data from a stolen Land Rover after he shot a retired lecturer in the stomach with a high-powered bolt, a murder trial has hear.
Gerald Corrigan, 74, was shot as he adjusted his satellite dish at his remote farmhouse Gof Du, near Holyhead, Anglesey, on Good Friday last year.
Mr Corrigan never recovered from his horrific injuries and died three weeks later. Terence Whall, 39, has gone on trial at Mold Crown Court accused of his murder.
Gerald Corrigan (left) died when a crossbow bolt hit him while he was adjusting his satellite dish. Terence Whall (right) has denied his murder
Peter Rouch QC, for the prosecution, told the court that on the night Mr Corrigan was shot he'd watched TV in the living room after his 64-year-old partner Marie Bailey, whom he cared for, had gone to bed.
According to Sky data, sometime between 12.08am and 12.28am the signal on the satellite dish was 'interrupted'.
Mr Corrigan went outside to investigate and while he was bent over the dish he felt a 'terrible pain' to his body and believed he'd been electrocuted, leaving his arm 'bleeding and broken.'
But the injuries were caused by a high-powered crossbow, said Mr Rouch, probably fired by someone who 'hiding behind a wall' in an adjacent field.
The bolt from the crossbow had passed through Mr Corrigan's body lacerating his spleen and penetrating his large intestine and stomach, causing damage to his gastric artery, also penetrating his liver, colon and diaphragm and entering the pericardium - the heart sac - causing bruising to his heart.
The bolt then passed through Mr Corrigan's forearm before hitting the wall of the house.
Pictured: Martin Roberts , 34, who denies conspiring to pervert the course of justice, is led into Mold Crown Court today
Mr Corrigan 'had no idea what happened to him' but managed to go back inside the house and raise the alarm.
Paramedics were called to the house at 1am and one of them noticed that a gate to an adjoining field had been left open as when he went to close it he found a bloodied crossbow bolt on the grass, which he later handed to police.
Mr Corrigan was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd hospital in Bangor and underwent emergency surgery to remove his spleen and repair damage to his colon and stomach.
Darren Jones (left) and Gavin Jones (right) are both charged with conspiring to pervert the course of justice
He was also given a massive blood transfusion and placed into an induced coma.
Due to the extent of his injuries he was later transferred to