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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Barrow man admits wounding his partner with air rifle

A BARROW man has admitted wounding his partner who was shot when he stuck a loaded air rifle through his letterbox.

David Forrester claimed to a court that the weapon became discharged during a struggle, while he was behind his solid front door.

The injured woman, Terri Reid, was in a relationship with him at the time.

She ended up hit in the stomach by a pellet and needing to go to hospital.

Preston Crown Court also heard a claim that she and someone else had gone round to his flat uninvited, thinking he was there with another woman.

The 23-year-old of Steamer Street, pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful wounding on the day he was due to face a trial. He admitted wounding Terri Reid on November 4th 2012.

He pleaded guilty on the basis that his actions had been reckless. Forrester asserted that someone pulling on the firearm, on the other side of his front door, made him discharge a pellet.

Before he entered his plea yesterday, his barrister Mr Richard Hunt told the court that earlier that night, Forrester had been with Ms Reid and another witness in a local pub. He left them to go back to his flat and later those two people turned up at his home uninvited.

The defence suggested that she believed Forrester was in there with a female.

A window was broken, apparently by the person who was with her. The defendant came out of his flat and a confrontation took place with the male, suggested Mr Hunt. That person failed to leave and an assault allegedly continued on his home, with his door kicked at.

Mr Hunt added “At this time he stuck an air rifle out of the letterbox of the solid front door. He discharged it, but it wasn’t loaded.

“The defendant would admit to withdrawing the firearm from the letterbox, loading it with a pellet and sticking it back out. At that stage, the defendant would say, the weapon was seized by somebody and pulled.

“His finger was on the trigger and in the process, the gun was discharged. Once the gun went off, he opened the door and he phoned for an ambulance”.

Ms Reid went to have the pellet removed at hospital. Forrester left a police station without charge and went back to her flat.

Mr Hunt added “When she was admitted to hospital he saw her every day in hospital and thereafter lived with her for four to five months.

“There came a point in the relationship when they separated and she went to make a statement.”

Mr Huw Edwards, prosecuting, said the Crown were unable to prove that what the defendant said was false.

Forrester also admitted a bail offence relating to Tuesday of this week.

Since the offence, the court heard that he has served three months in custody for a battery on a different girlfriend.

The defendant has been remanded on bail for sentencing to take place on February 21st.

The judge, Recorder Timothy Ryder, told him “All sentencing options, including the option of sending you to immediate prison, will be open to me when I next deal with your case”.

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