Man Shoots off a Finger While Trying to Remove a Wart with Shotgun


DONCASTER, England –“Causality of war (t)” – A British man who lost a finger while attempting to remove a wart with a shotgun blast was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service Friday.

38-year-old, Sean Murphy, of Doncaster, England was given a 16-week suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay $160.00 in court costs after he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a valid license during the March incident.

Murphy said he was glad to avoid jail and did not mind losing his middle finger if it meant the wart that had caused him to suffer for the past five years would not be returning.

Troubled by the wart on his middle finger, Murphy said he found the shotgun in a hedge three months earlier and did not expect to lose his middle finger when he pulled the trigger.

“The gun recoiled and that was it. The wart was gone and so was most of my finger. There was nothing left so no chance to re-attach it.”

Perhaps the thought of using Compound W to safely remove the wart from his finger was a crazy notion for Murphy. Call me insane, I would choose the wart cream over a shotgun blast any day of the week.

Murphy told The Star, “The best thing is that the wart has gone. It was giving me lot of trouble,” he said. I guess Murphy’s middle finger will remain a causality of the war (t). A war story he can one day tell his grandchildren.

One can only speculate on how life will change for Murphy, knowing he can only give the finger to one person at a time. We hate to think of the gruesome outcome had the wart been on his nose instead of his middle finger.

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