Brother and sister stuffed kebab meat into man’s mouth until he died

A brother and sister have been found guilty of killing a man who choked to death on a kebab on a train.

David Clark, 56, died when a piece of chicken the size of a golf ball became lodged in his throat on the 9.05pm train from Lancaster to Barrow on May 2 2018.

His friend David Noble, 22, and Noble’s sister Nicole Cavin, 22, have been found guilty of manslaughter today (May 4) after a jury ruled they force fed Mr Clark after he fell asleep on the train.

The jury, sitting at Preston’s Nightingale Court at Preston North End, took eight hours and two minutes to find Noble and Cavin guilty of manslaughter.

During the two week trial the court heard the defendants had been on a day trip to Blackpool and had changed trains at Preston to return to their hometown, Grange Over Sands.

The siblings had been drinking in the resort and bought more alcohol and kebabs before boarding the Barrow train.

Mr Clark had spent the day in Lancaster watching the Lancaster FC v Farsley Celtic match with his friend Jon Waite on May 2.

The two men had also consumed up to 15 pints each and were drunk when they boarded the train in Lancaster.

On the train, Mr Clark and Mr Waite joined Noble, Cavin and Cavin’s boyfriend at a table and were laughing and joking around.

A food fight broke out with pieces of kebab meat being thrown around.

Mr Clark, known as Titch to his friends, fell asleep, but once he was asleep the court heard Noble and Cavin continued to push pieces of meat into his mouth.

Shortly before Silverdale station, Mr Clark got up from his seat and collapsed in the aisle.

Passengers on the train attempted to perform the Heimlich maneuver but were unable to dislodge the chicken which was stuck in Mr Clark’s throat.

One passenger relayed messages from the 999 operator to Cavin, who tried in vain to help Mr Clark.

Paramedics rushed to the scene but Mr Clark tragically died.

Noble and Cavin denied causing Mr Clark’s death but were found guilty by a majority of 11 jurors to one.

The Honorary Recorder of Preston Judge Robert Altham described the case as “extremely sensitive and difficult.”

He thanked the jurors for their careful consideration of the case and asked for reports to be prepared before he passes sentence.

Cavin, of Market Street, Grange, and Noble, of Main Street, Grange, have been granted bail, however the judge said this is no indication of the likely sentence he will pass and warned all options remain open.

Lancs Live – Cumbria