Siblings jailed for pushing food into mouth of sleeping man who choked to death

The brother and sister that caused a drunk football fan to choke to death when they "force-fed" him as he slept have been jailed for manslaughter.

Nicole Cavin, 24, and David Noble, 34, caused the death of David Clark, 56, by forcing chunks of chicken kebab in his mouth while he was passed out a train in March 2019.

Mr Clark collapsed on the train after watching a football match between Lancaster FC and Farsley Celtic, a court heard.

Jurors were told that medics attending the scene and recovered kebab meat the "size of a golf ball" from Mr Clark's airway.

The married father boarded a Northern service train with his friend Jon Waite and had enjoyed around ten pints throughout the day, prosecutors say.

Cavin and Noble, who had known Mr Clark for about five years, boarded the service earlier at Preston after going to Blackpool for the day with her boyfriend.

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The men sat with them and, when Mr Clark fell asleep, the siblings pushed food into his mouth.

Police and paramedics were called to Silverdale railway station shortly before 9.30pm after Mr Clark collapsed onboard.

He died at 10.10am the next day when a post mortem examination found he had choked to death.

Cavin and Noble were found guilty of manslaughter last month after a trial at a 'Nightingale' court at Preston North End football club.

Noble, of Grange-over-Sands, Cumbria was jailed for three years and three months while Cavin, of Flookburgh, Cumbria, was sentenced to three years today (Wed).

In a statement issued by police, 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 large void in our lives.

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"We would like to ask that our family's privacy be respected at this time and for us to be allowed to come to terms with today's verdict and to grieve and remember a much-loved husband, father and brother in private."

Investigating officer Detective Sargeant Gemma Jones said: "This is an incredibly tragic case and we send our heartfelt sympathies to the family of the victim David Clark.

"We are pleased that the case has finally been brought to a conclusion."

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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 have 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."

The siblings have been jailed for a total of six years after a jury found them guilty of manslaughter following a two-week trial.

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