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A pregnant woman whose partner was killed by a crossbow maniac has told how she pulled a bloody bolt from her neck after she was shot.

Laura Sugden, then 22, played dead when Tony Lawrence murdered Shane Gilmer after breaking into their semi-detached home through a shared loft.

Laura was shot but miraculously she and her unborn daughter survived.

Speaking at an inquest, Laura said: "I had to really pull hard with both hands to get the arrow out. It really hurt. I felt dizzy. Blood was dripping.”

As she pulled the bolt out, Lawrence pushed her to the floor of the property near Driffield, East Yorkshire.

Laura Sugden is pictured with her partner Shane Gilmer
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

Laura added: “I was lying on my back. Tony was on top of me.

"He was trying to push the arrow into my throat.

“I wrestled with him. I knew if it went into my throat I would die instantly.”

The inquest at Hull Coroner's Court this week heard Lawrence, 55, continued the murderous attack even after Laura pleaded for the life of her unborn child.

But he stopped suddenly, believing Laura was dead, she claimed.

Laura, pictured with daughter Ella, has spoken of the horrific ordeal
(Image: Andy Commins / Daily Mirror)

The local government worker said: "He let go. He loosened his grip.

“He must have thought he had done what he needed to do and I was going to die.

“He was still saying I was not leaving until I was f***ing dead.”

When Lawrence left the room, a dying Shane begged Laura to flee.

She added: “Shane said he loved me and wanted me and the baby to be okay.

"I thought it was our only chance of survival."

Shane, 30, died at the scene in Driffield, East Yorkshire
(Image: PA)

Laura ran from the house and saw Lawrence drive away as she pounded on a neighbour’s door in January 2018.

The hearing was told she was the last person to see him alive. He was found dead in a hired motor home on the North York Moors near Scarborough by a police armed response team involved in the manhunt.

The creepy killer died from an overdose of painkillers and antidepressants.

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Coroner Ian Sprakes recorded a conclusion of suicide this week.

He said: “It is clear to me after attacking and killing Shane Gilmer and attacking and injuring Laura Sugden he decided to take his own life.”

After the inquest, Laura said: “He probably thought I would be dead soon after he left.”

Laura planted a tree in remembrance of Shane and had a plaque installed by it
(Image: Daily Mirror)

Previously speaking to Daily Mirror in her first full interview since the ordeal, Laura had said: "I don’t think I’ll ever get over what happened but I have to be strong for Ella (her daughter whose now nearly three).

“I didn’t know how I was going to manage on my own but the minute Ella was born something in my heart healed.

"She just looks exactly like her dad – it’s sometimes painful to look at her.

"I’ve told her Daddy is a star and she’ll ask, ‘My daddy loved me didn’t he?’

“Every milestone reminds me that Shane isn’t here, her first step, her first birthday and that will go on for ever.”

Ella was born in June 2018, nearly five months after the ordeal.

Lawrence shot both Laura and Shane with this crossbow
(Image: MEN MEDIA)

The mum has now launched a campaign to outlaw crossbows being sold over the counter. Lawrence owned several.

They can easily be bought online for around £150.

Laura continued: "To acquire a shotgun you need a licence and if there’s any sign of mental health issues you can’t buy one.

“Yet you can go on eBay and buy a crossbow. They are lethal medieval weapons and Shane’s death is an example of what can happen if they fall into the hands of an angry person.”

Lawrence, a former jailbird, had also previously threatened council housing ­officer Shane, 30, with an axe after the couple protested about his loud music.

Lawrence was being evicted after they had complained to the landlord about cannabis fumes and suspected plant growing.

The angry neighbour broke into the property via the loft and waited for the couple to return from a romantic night out before he struck.