The French hunter who shot the Briton dead after mistaking him for a WILD BOAR faces up to three years in jail

A French hunter who shot dead a British man after mistaking him for a wild boar will be tried for involuntary manslaughter and could face up to three years in jail.

Morgan Keane, 25, was shot dead while chopping wood outside his home in La Garrigue, near the village of Calvignac, north of Toulouse, in December 2020.

The Briton, whose father was English and mother French, was killed instantly when he was shot in the chest in the isolated village and an unidentified 33-year-old man and the head of the shooting group were arrested.

If convicted, they face up to three years in prison after Keane’s friends launched a campaign for new gun laws in France.

Mr. Keane’s younger brother, Rowan, has called for the killer to be tried for murder.

A French hunter who shot and killed Britain's Morgan Keane (pictured) after mistaking him for a wild boar will be tried for involuntary manslaughter and could face up to three years in jail.

A French hunter who shot and killed Britain’s Morgan Keane (pictured) after mistaking him for a wild boar will be tried for involuntary manslaughter and could face up to three years in jail.

His lawyer, Benoit Coussy, says organizers deliberately staged the hunt near Keane’s home in retaliation for his late father’s complaint of dangerous gunfire near the property in 2017.

There is no legal minimum distance for filming near houses in France, but in some areas there is a 150m rule.

The death was one of several in France that have prompted calls for a crackdown on hunting safety.

The powerful hunting lobby is supported by Emmanuel Macron and has so far ignored calls for reform.

Activists have called for a ban on shooting within range of the property and an end to the hunt on Sundays and Wednesdays when many children are not in school.

Keane’s friends, who campaign under the name Un Jour, Un Chausseur (One Day A Hunter), filed a petition that prompted a Senate investigation, but all of their demands were rejected.

Keane is believed to have died instantly when a bullet fired by a hunter struck him in the isolated village of La Garrigue (the area in the photo), near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.

Keane is believed to have died instantly when a bullet fired by a hunter struck him in the isolated village of La Garrigue (the area in the photo), near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.

Keane is believed to have died instantly when a bullet fired by a hunter struck him in the isolated village of La Garrigue (the area in the photo), near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.

They criticized the 140-page Senate report as “indecent,” adding: “We feel insulted…we feel even more hurt that we lost someone close to us to the hunt.”

The group said yesterday that they hope the court will make an example of the prosecuted hunters and give them a lifetime ban.

Both of Mr. Keane’s parents died in the years before his death, leaving him and his younger brother living alone in the house.

Lilliane, a friend in nearby Cajarc who asked to be identified only by her first name, told local media that Mr Keane “had been very close to his parents”.

She said of his death: “He took care of his mother, and he stayed at his father’s bedside and took care of him until the end.”

Lilliane, who runs a pottery shop and is originally from South Africa, described Mr. Keane as an enthusiastic, creative and generous musician.

Hunter Lucas Clerc

Hunter Lucas Clerc

cyclist mark sutton

cyclist mark sutton

Lucas Clerc, 22, (left) shot Mark Sutton, 34, (right) thinking he was an animal, and he is still in the hospital being treated for severe shock, according to his father Dominique.

Gavin, her husband, said: ‘Morgan was always helpful. When I asked for help on a job site, restoring a building, he was always there.’

In a Facebook tribute, Liliane wrote: “Michael’s best friend and our surrogate son was accidentally killed by a hunter last night.

‘Leave a 21-year-old brother. His father died this year and his mother a couple of years ago.

“This is the saddest thing that has ever happened to me.”

The incident comes after another French hunter was jailed for a year and, under similar circumstances, accidentally shot and killed a British man.

Marc Sutton, 34, of Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle while cycling along a popular route high in the French Alps in 2018.

Lucas Clerc, a 24-year-old hunter, was sentenced in 2020 after admitting he fired the fatal shot, which he said was intended for a boar.

Clerc was sentenced to a total of four years, three of them suspended, he was banned from owning a gun for five years and banned from hunting for ten.

Marc Sutton (pictured), 34, of Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle while cycling along a popular route high in the French Alps in 2018.

Marc Sutton (pictured), 34, of Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle while cycling along a popular route high in the French Alps in 2018.

Marc Sutton (pictured), 34, of Wales, was fatally shot with a rifle while cycling along a popular route high in the French Alps in 2018.

Two other hunters, the father of one of them who had been on the hunt, and the man’s wife, were also given suspended sentences of between six and 18 months for concealing evidence.

A court heard that they altered hunting records to make it appear they had not been in the area at the time, then put up signs warning of a hunt to make it appear they had taken safety precautions.

Sutton had lived with his partner Jo Watts in the Haute-Savoie region of France for four years before he was killed on October 13, 2018.

The couple were known locally as owners of two restaurants, one of them vegetarian, and were well-liked by customers.

At around 6:50 pm on the day in question, Marc was heading down a steep but popular bike path near his home when he was struck and killed by a rifle bullet.

An investigation found that Marc had been wearing high visibility clothing and that visibility was good at the time he was shot.

Instead, investigators pointed to a litany of security lapses by the hunting group, including their failure to post signs warning of a hunt in the area.

The largely inexperienced group also failed to name a person to be in charge of the hunt, failed to set up a clear area for their hunt, failed to complete proper paperwork and was hunting 500 feet from homes, prosecutors said.

The hunter had said the rifle bullet that killed Sutton (left, with partner Jo Watts) was intended for a boar, but prosecutors pointed to a litany of security flaws.

The hunter had said the rifle bullet that killed Sutton (left, with partner Jo Watts) was intended for a boar, but prosecutors pointed to a litany of security flaws.

The hunter had said the rifle bullet that killed Sutton (left, with partner Jo Watts) was intended for a boar, but prosecutors pointed to a litany of security flaws.

Clerc's father, Dominique, said his son (pictured) shot Sutton thinking he was a deer.

Clerc's father, Dominique, said his son (pictured) shot Sutton thinking he was a deer.

Clerc’s father, Dominique, said his son (pictured) shot Sutton thinking he was a deer.

The investigators added that the hunter, when aiming at a wild boar, did not angle the shot towards the ground as required, but instead fired directly.

That meant that when the shot missed, the bullet was able to travel far enough to hit and kill Marc, who had unknowingly walked into the line of fire.

Frédéric Noetinger-Berlioz, a lawyer for the victim’s family, described the hunters as “pathetic and regrettable” and called the sentence “balanced … given the circumstances.”

It added that hunting had not been the cause of Mr. Sutton’s death, but “rogue hunters who did not observe safety rules”.

At the time of his death, Miss Watts paid tribute to a “kind, happy and loving man” by saying that they had shared nine happy years together.

He was also described by those who lived in the French alpine community they called home as “well loved” and “popular”.

A 17-year-old hunter who killed a 25-year-old hiker in the Massif Central highlands is also awaiting trial, as is a shooter whose bullet entered a car on a dual carriageway between Rennes and Nantes, killing the 67 year old. old driver

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