Mildenhall man jailed after scaring his mum with crossbow

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A man was jailed yesterday after putting his mother ‘in fear of her life’ with a loaded crossbow after a row.

Alan Scott Hammond, 33, of Woodlands Way, Mildenhall, was found guilty last month at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court of assault by beating and common assault on his mother Diane Scarff.

Sentencing him to 12 weeks jail, magistrate Jan Turner-Smith said: “You put your mother in fear of her life.”

Ian Divine, prosecuting, said Hammond had mental health issues and a fixation on weapons. On July 23 his mother returned home to find him on the phone to his sister. They had a disagreement and when his mother tried to leave the room he pushed her back.

Mr Divine said four days later, during another row, Hammond picked up a knife from a block in the kitchen. His mother went into the garden and locked the door.

When she went back inside, Hammond was asleep on the sofa with a loaded crossbow beside him, pointed at the door, so she called the police.

Armed response officers recovered the crossbow and a variety of knives, air rifles and a spear.

Claire Lockwood, mitigating, said Hammond accepted he had not been taking his medication properly. She added that while on remand in prison he had shown such aptitude for maths, he was tutoring others.