Woman cleared of firing air rifle at ex-partner from window of her Red Lodge home
A jury has cleared a woman who had been accused of firing an air rifle at her ex-partner from a window at her home in Red Lodge.
Sharne Edwards, 22, had told police that she was ‘petrified’ when the man accompanied by a 15-year-old boy began banging on the door of the property in Thistle Way.
Edwards had pleaded not guilty to an offence of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and also an offence of affray.
Following a trial at Ipswich Crown Court, a jury of six men and six women today (Thursday) returned not guilty verdicts on both charges.
After the verdicts were announced, Judge John Devaux told Edwards that she was free to leave the court.
The prosecution had alleged that Omar Parfett had gone to Edwards home at about midnight on March 3.
John Farmer, prosecuting, claimed that after being unable to get an answer the pair were walking away when they heard what appeared to be a shot ‘whizz’ past them.
Giving evidence, the 15-year-old 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 into leaving.
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, told the court that there was hardly any difference in the noise made by an airgun being fired with or without a pellet being discharged.