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A brother and sister who shoved kebab meat into a man's mouth as he drunkenly slept on a train have been convicted of his manslaughter.
David Noble, 34, and Nicole Cavin, 24, were found guilty of causing the death of David Clark, 56, on March 2 2019.
According to witnesses the victim appeared to be sleeping when the siblings began inserting the kebab meat into his mouth, police said.
The victim eventually involuntary vomited and awoke but collapsed as he attempted to stand.
Cavin, who was employed as a carer at the time of the incident, removed some meat from the victim’s mouth.
When paramedics arrived they removed more food from the victim’s throat before he was rushed to hospital where he died the following day.
A court heard how the siblings both knew him but had been returning from a separate day out and ended up sitting together when Mr Clark and his friend boarded the same train at Lancaster.
Noble, of Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, and Cavin, of Flookburgh, Cumbria, will be sentenced at Preston’s Nightingale Court at Preston North End football club at a later date.
Investigating officer DS Gemma Jones, of British Transport Police, said: “This is an incredibly tragic case and we send our heartfelt sympathies to the family of the victim David Clark.
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“We are pleased that the case has finally been brought to a conclusion.”
Detective chief inspector Steve May added: “This was an unusual and highly complex legal case and I commend the courage of those witnesses who came forward and provided statements and those who attended court to give evidence.
“The dignity and composure of Mr Clarks’ family has been exemplary throughout and I hope that they can take some comfort in the knowledge that justice has been done.
“Our investigative team deserve mention for their consistent and thorough work to see this case brought to its conclusion.”
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