‘Petrified’ woman fired air rifle out of window at Red Lodge home when ex-partner turned up, court hears

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A woman who claimed to have been ‘petrified’ fired an air rifle out of a window at her home in Red Lodge when her ex-partner turned up, a court has been told.

Sharne Edwards, 22, is alleged to have fired the weapon in the direction of the man and a 15-year-old boy who was with him outside the property in Thistle Way on March 3.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and also an offence of affray.

Ipswich Crown Court was told this week that Omar Parfett and the teenage boy had gone to Edwards’ home at about midnight and knocked on the door.

Prosecuting, John Farmer said that after being unable to get an answer at either the front or rear doors, Mr Parfett and the boy were leaving when they heard a ‘little noise’ as something flew past them.

It is alleged that Edwards, who was at the house with a male friend, had fired an air rifle from a first floor window in the direction of the pair as they were walking away from the house.

Moments earlier they had heard a man’s voice say: “You had better start running”, the 15-year-old told the jury.

Giving evidence, the boy said he had felt scared and had run away into a nearby field.

Following her arrest Edwards told police that she had been ‘petrified’ when Mr Parfett turned up and claimed that he had kicked the front door.

She claimed that the air gun was not loaded but had hoped that sound of it being fired would be enough to frighten Mr Parfett off.

Edwards, who did not give evidence during the trial, was arrested after police saw comments on a social media site. Edwards is alleged to have told an officer: “I didn’t aim at him.”

The court was told by Alan Cole, a firearms expert with 50 years experience, that while no firearms certificate was required by Edwards to use an airgun of the type she had allegedly used, such a weapon was capable of being lethal at close range if fired towards a vulnerable part of the body such as an eye.

Mr Cole told the court there was hardly any difference in the noise made by an airgun being fired whether with or without a pellet being discharged.

The jury of six men and six women retired this afternoon to begin considering their verdicts.