Trio sentenced after admitting charges relating to incident in Skyliner Way, Bury St Edmunds
Three men arrested after police armed and dog units searched the Moreton Hall estate following vandalism reports were sentenced this week.
The charges related to an incident in Skyliner Way, Bury St Edmunds, on September 29, when police rushed to the area shortly after 1am and found at least 10 cars had damage consistent with being shot at by an air weapon.
On Tuesday, the 'foolish' trio appeared at Ipswich Magistrates' Court. Blake Bryant, 25, of Mill Road, Hengrave, admitted possession of an air weapon in a public place and failure to comply with a community protection notice relating to an area of the Moreton Hall estate; Curtis Cocksedge, 23, of Anselm Avenue, Bury admitted possession of an air weapon in a public place and George Mills, 19, of Stow Road, Ixworth, admitted possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.
The court heard a police dog found three weapons discarded in bushes. They were examined, with two capable of being fired and the third classed as an imitation firearm.
In interviews, all admitted possessing the items but said they had not fired the weapons.
Sue Threadkell, defending, described Bryant as a 'good lad' from a nice family who had lost his job as an assistant driver for children with learning disabilities as a result of the charges.
"He is keen to put this very much behind him," she said. "He's not a boy racer out taking pot shots."
Dino Barricella, defending Cocksedge, said: "This was a foolish, one-off incident."
Malcolm Plummer, defending Mills, said he had discarded the imitation forearm when police arrived because he feared being tasered.
"Why he took it out is beyond him. It was just daft," said Mr Mills.
Bryant was sentenced to a 10-week curfew to stay at his home address from 7pm-7am, 60 hours' unpaid work, fined £80 for breaching the community protection notice, ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Cocksedge was imposed with a £200 fine in lieu of a community order, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Mills was sentenced to an eight-week curfew to stay at his home address from 6.30pm-6am, 40 hours' unpaid work, ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.
Orders were made for forfeiture and destruction of the air weapons, imitation firearm and ammunition.