Brother and sister who killed drunken football fan, 56, after ‘forced’ him to have chicken kebab while sleeping on train face six years in prison for manslaughter
- Nicole Cavin, 24, and David Noble, 34, forced kebab meat into David Clark’s mouth
- pair gets a total of six years in prison after a jury finds them guilty of manslaughter
- The court heard earlier that Mr Clark collapsed on the train after watching a football match
- Doctors removed golf ball-sized kebab meat from his airways, judges said zeiden
A brother and sister who choked a drunken football fan after ‘forced’ him to have a chicken kebab while he slept on a train have been jailed for six years for his manslaughter.
Nicole Cavin, 24, and David Noble, 34, shoved pieces of meat into David Clark’s mouth, 56, during a train journey in March 2019.
The couple have been sentenced to a total of six years in prison after a jury found them guilty of manslaughter after a two-week trial.
A court heard earlier that Clark collapsed on a train in Silverdale, Cumbria, after watching a football match between Lancaster FC and Farsley Celtic.
Doctors attended and removed golf ball-sized kebab meat from Mr Clark’s airways, the judges were told.
Nicole Cavin, 24, and David Noble, 34, shoved pieces of meat into the mouth of 56-year-old David Clark (pictured above) during a train journey in March 2019
Cavin (left in photo) and Noble (right), who had known Mr Clark for about five years, had previously boarded the service in Preston after spending a day in Blackpool with her boyfriend
The married father boarded a northern service train with his friend Jon Waite and had drunk about ten pints throughout the day, according to prosecutors.
Cavin and Noble, who had known Mr Clark for about five years, boarded in Preston earlier, after a day trip to Blackpool with Cavin’s boyfriend.
The men sat with them, and when Mr. Clark fell asleep, the siblings shoved food into his mouth, despite Noble having seen him suffocate in a pub a month earlier.
Police and paramedics were called to the Silverdale train station shortly before 9:30 p.m. after Mr Clark collapsed on board.
He died at 10:10 a.m. the next day when an autopsy revealed that he had suffocated.
Cavin and Noble were found guilty of manslaughter last month after a nightingale court trial at Preston North End football club.
Noble, of Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria, was sentenced to three years and three months, while Cavin, of Flookburgh, Cumbria, was sentenced today to three years.
In a police statement, Mr Clark’s family said: “David was a loving husband, father, brother and friend and a popular character in the local community. His death has left a great void in our lives.
Preston Crown Court (file photo, above) was previously told that Mr Clark collapsed on the train after watching a football match between Lancaster FC and Farsley Celtic
“We would like to ask that our family’s privacy be respected at this time and that we may come to terms with today’s verdict and to grieve privately and remember a much-loved husband, father and brother.”
Detective Detective Gemma Jones said: “This is an incredibly tragic case and we extend our sincere condolences to the family of victim David Clark.
“We’re glad the case is finally over.”
Detective Chief Inspector Steve May added: “This has been an unusual and very complex trial and I commend the courage of the witnesses who came forward and testified and those who attended the court to testify.
“The dignity and composure of Mr Clarks’ family has been exemplary throughout and I hope they can take some comfort in knowing that justice has been done.
“Our investigative team deserves credit for their consistent and thorough work to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”