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A Southampton man has been jailed for shooting another man in the head with a crossbow, who survived the attack

Maricel Melinte, 47, of Fuschia Gardens, Southampton, was found guilty at Winchester Crown Court of attempted murder in December following the incident at his home address on Sunday, 26 September 2021.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

Just before 3pm, the victim – a man in his 30s known to Melinte – was sat in the garden when Melinte shot him at close range with the weapon.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

After the victim who was sitting in his back garden was shot in the head, he managed to still get up and fight off Melinte striking him a number of times with a hammer before running inside the property and locking Melinte in the garden.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

He stumbled into Winchester Road where he collapsed.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

Moments later, we were called by members of the public and arrested Melinte in the back garden as well as seizing the crossbow and a broken bolt shaft.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

Both men were taken to hospital. CT scans showed that the crossbow bolt was lodged in the victim’s skull and had gone into his brain, so doctors placed him into an induced coma for two weeks.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

At this stage, he was not expected to survive, but neurosurgeons at Southampton General Hospital carried out a complicated and lengthy operation to remove the bolt.

A Southampton Man Has Been Jailed For Shooting Another Man In The Head With A Crossbow, Who Survived The Attack

Despite the odds, the surgery was a success.

A time lapse camera in the rear garden caught the whole incident unfold and it was recorded and played as evidence to jail Melinte.

Today he was jailed for 18 years and convicted of Attempted Murder.

After he regained consciousness, the victim told officers he had unwittingly filmed the whole incident on his camera, which he put on top of Melinte’s shed to film a time-lapse video that afternoon. This had been recovered as part of the forensic search of the garden.

The victim still has issues controlling his left eye and with his right elbow, which had been dislocated during the incident and also required surgery, but he is on the road to recovery.

At Winchester Crown Court on Friday, 10 February, Melinte was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Hampshire police said:

“We will not tolerate acts of violence using firearms and will use all the resources at our disposal to get justice for victims.”

DI Howard Broadribb from Western Investigations was the officer in charge of this case. He said:

“The fact that this man survived such an ordeal is quite simply a miracle; the bolt was millimetres away from killing him.

“I can only be thankful that it stopped where it did so he was able to give us his account of what happened that afternoon.

“Although thankfully he is still with us, his life has been changed forever in the space of a few seconds due to Melinte’s incomprehensible actions. I would like to commend his bravery throughout the court process.

“We may never know why Melinte decided to commit this awful act, but thanks to the hard work of the investigators and the footage obtained from the camera, he will be spending a long time behind bars for this terrifying attack.

“We take all instances of serious violence incredibly seriously and in this case, we used all the resources at our disposal to make sure the victim got the justice he deserved.”

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