Man charged with pointing an air rifle out of a car window in Newton Aycliffe (From The Advertiser Series)
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Man charged with pointing an air rifle out of a car window in Newton Aycliffe
1:32pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
A MAN who had been shooting pigeons pointed his air rifle out of a car window as he was driven round Newton Aycliffe town centre.
Lee Kehoe, 25, of Wensley Terrace, Ferryhill, was spotted with the air rifle in the car by a member of the public who called the police.
Prosecutor Peter Milne, at Newton Aycliffe magistrates, said: “The police were clearly alarmed.
“The police caught up with the vehicle and they stopped it on North Road, Tow Law, and officers found three people in the car.
“One of the people was the defendant and the air rifle was still in the car. The defendant was found to have ammunition for the air weapon and a lock knife.
“The police also found two dead pigeons in a bag in the car. Mr Kehoe admitted shooting the pigeons earlier on the Aycliffe Industrial Estate.
“He then aimed the weapon out of the vehicle in the town centre. He said he was only aiming at pigeons and not at people.”
Andy Clinton, defending, said the combination of the knife and the air rifle pushed his client into the bounds of needing a probation report.
He added that Kehoe used the knife for his work and had simply forgotten to leave it at home.
Kehoe pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing a loaded or unloaded air weapon in a public place and to one of possessing a knife or bladed object in a public place.
The magistrates requested a pre-sentence report and Kehoe will be back at court on November 14. He was given unconditional bail.