10:49 Monday 11 February 2013

Gun teen faces jail

Written byPETER RICHARDSON

A TEENAGER produced an air rifle after a row erupted on a Burton estate.

Stafford Crown Court
Stafford Crown Court

Zachary Ward, 18, pulled out the weapon as his mother rowed with a neighbour outside his home in Kimberley Drive, Winshill.

Despite not using the weapon during the incident, Ward was hauled before Stafford Crown Court to answer a serious firearms charge.

The court was told how he had went to get the weapon from his bedroom as he tried to defend his mother, who had become embroiled in an argument with Mark Spilsbury, who lived nearby, and was said to have been shouting at Ward’s sister.

Darron Whitehead, defending, said the weapon wasn’t loaded and Ward never had any intention of using it.

However, it emerged Ward owned two air rifles, which have been confiscated by police.

The judge deemed the offence, which happened in May last year, to be serious enough to remand Ward in custody.

Mr Whitehead said: “The defendant’s mother went outside and the shouting didn’t stop. My client goes to his bedroom, takes his air rifle and stands at the front door. It lasted for 10 seconds. It wasn’t loaded and it wasn’t discharged.”

Ward pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He is due to be sentenced on March 1.

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