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THE fiancee of Grand National hero Mick Fitzgerald was stalked by a lovelorn gunman who was shot dead by police.

Wealthy farmer Ian Hay was obsessed with pretty brunette Jane Brackenbury.

He threatened her parents with a gun when they refused to give him her address, then fired 11 shots in fury before holing up in his pounds 1million manor house.


Hay, 40, was killed by police marksmen after setting up a machine-gun on the front lawn of the mansion at Moreleigh near Totnes, Devon.

The story of the dramatic siege emerged yesterday after jockey Mick's win on Rough Quest in Saturday's big race at Aintree.

Bachelor Hay had only met Jane socially at the New Inn pub at Moreleigh which is run by her parents, John and Rebecca.

But when she moved to work at stables in Wiltshire, he was determined to find her.

He walked into the pub and put a rifle with a bayonet on the bar before brandishing a handgun.

When his demands were refused, he blasted three shots into the fireplace and fired another eight times at a neighbour's tractor.

The crazed farmer, wearing combat gear, shot a police dog and threatened police before being gunned down.

An inquest later recorded a verdict of lawful killing. Mick, known as Fitz, helped Jane to get over the trauma of the siege in October 1993.

The couple plan to marry in July.

Following the Grand National, Mick said: "I've not enjoyed 12 minutes so much in a long time. Sex is an anti-climax after that."

And Jane joked: "Fitz's 12 minutes in the National were a thrill. I only wish he would last the full 12 minutes with me."


Jane's mum said yesterday: "She and Fitz have been engaged since August and will be married down here at the local church at Diptford.

"At the moment Jane is working as assistant to the trainer Henrietta Knight."

Becky Brackenbury added: "We do not want the shooting business brought up again. I hope it is gone and finished."

Neighbour Peter Hayford said: "Hay did not have a relationship with Jane, but she is a polite lady and she met Ian when he was at the pub."
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Author:Harrison, Tracey; Lakeman, Geoffrey
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 2, 1996
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