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Crossbow man jailed

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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A LOADED crossbow was pointed at the chest of a Burton man in his own home by a hooded neighbour demanding money, a court heard.

Kevin Orton went to Simon Woodings house in Uxbridge Street armed with the weapon, not realising the person he was looking for no longer lived there.

The 53-year-old was later Tasered by police as they struggled to arrest him at his home in Oak Street.

David Lees, prosecuting, told Stafford Crown Court that Mr Woodings answered a knock at his door on August 5 last year to find Orton, a ski jacket hood pulled up over his head, on the doorstep.

The defendant said: “Where’s the money?” and carried on chattering without making sense.

Mr Woodings, who had only recently moved in, thought he was looking for a previous occupant and invited him in to explain.

Once inside, however, Orton produced the loaded crossbow and pointed it at Mr Woodings.

After throwing him out, Mr Woodings found the crossbow dart on the floor and called the police.

Officers found Orton at his home nearby, apparently drunk, and Tasered him to arrest him. A crossbow was found in a nearby alley.

Orton, 53, now of Osmaston Road, Derby, was jailed for 15 months after admitting a charge of possessing an offensive weapon.

Judge Simon Tonking told him: “You armed yourself with a crossbow.... to add threat to your demand for money. You followed Mr Woodings in to his house and in his living room you pointed the loaded crossbow at him. He was naturally upset, angry and shocked and he used entirely lawful force to drive you out of his house.

“This method of trying to extract money, taking the law in to your own hands, is completely unjustified. A crossbow is a very dangerous weapon. Fortunately [Mr Woodings’s] nine-year-old son was not in the house at the time.”

Steve Hennessey, defending, said Orton had been led to believe by his wife that she had been conned out of £50 for the treatment of someone with an illness.

“He was very upset about it, the money he sought was that owed to his wife.

“He went out of his house and walked the short distance to the injured party’s house.

“He would say the injured party is a physically imposing character. My client behaved inappropriately and in an extremely dangerous fashion... but to pretend now he feels sorry for this man would be quite wrong.”

Mr Hennessey said Orton was admitted to a psychiatric unit following a failed suicide attempt on September 6 last year when he was found in his car in an isolated spot by a dog walker.

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