David Clark choked to death on the kebab meat the siblings forced into his mouth as he slept through the train journey (Image: BTP / SWNS)

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A brother and sister who caused a drunk football fan to choke to death by "force-feeding" him a kebab 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 meat into his mouth while travelling on a train in March 2019.

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

The court previously heard the defendants had been on a day trip to Blackpool before they changed trains at Preston to return to their hometown, Grange Over Sand.

During their journey they encountered Mr Clark, who was on his way home from watching a football match between Lancaster FC and Farsley Celtic.

Mr Clark, a married father, had boarded the Northern service train with his friend Jon Waite after the pair enjoyed around 10 pints throughout the day, according to prosecutors.

Nicole Cavin, 24, was jailed for three years for her role in the manslaughter
(Image: BTP / SWNS)

Cavin and Noble, who had known Mr Clark for about five years, sat together with the pair and Cavin's boyfriend, where they laughed and joked around, the court heard.

When Mr Clark fell asleep, the siblings pushed food into his mouth – despite Noble having witnessed him starting to choke in a pub a month earlier, jurors were told.

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He eventually involuntarily vomited and awoke but collapsed as he attempted to stand.

Passengers on the train attempted to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on Mr Clark, but were unable to dislodge the food stuck in his throat.

Medics attended and recovered a chunk of kebab meat the "size of a golf ball" from Mr Clark's airway, jurors were told.

David Noble, 34, was jailed for three years and three months over Mr Clark's manslaughter
(Image: BTP / SWNS)

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

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

Cavin and Noble were found guilty of manslaughter last month following 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 behind bars on Wednesday.

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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.

“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 sergeant 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.”

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.”