A man arrested by armed police near a Stowmarket primary school has been cleared of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Leutrim Halili, 23, was found not guilty today (Friday June 3) of the charge by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court but was convicted of three offences of assault.
Halili, from Cricklewood, London, has been remanded in custody until he returns to the same court to be sentenced. No date has yet been set for his sentencing.
The jury cleared Halali of another assault allegation and, on the direction of Judge Martyn Levett, returned a not guilty verdict on a second charge of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
During a three day trial, the jury heard prosecution allegations that Halili had twice assaulted his girlfriend Kelly Clark during arguments at her home in Stowmarket, grabbing her by the neck and hitting her with a pair of gloves.
Earlier he and Miss Clark had argued and Halili had decided to pack his bags and leave taking with him an imitation gun he owned, said Christopher Paxton, prosecuting.
As he was driving near Abbot’s Hall Primary School on December 10 last year with Miss Clark, Halili had stopped the car to allow her to speak with her sister Lauren Clark.
Mr Paxton alleged that Kelly Clark told her sister that Halili had a gun and that led to Lauren Clark blocking the way with her car and calling the police.
It was claimed that Halili had put his hand around the gun inside a sports bag.
The court heard allegations that Halili had assaulted Lauren Clark by pushing her by the shoulders which caused her to stumble.
Halili was arrested nearby by armed police officers and had shouted when challenged to show his hands: “It’s not what you think it is.”
Giving evidence, Halili told the jury that he had explained to Lauren Clark that the gun was an imitation and said he had walked away because he did not want to be found with it by the police.
Halili denied having assaulted either sister and said that both had been aware that the BB gun was not a real weapon.