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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Jail for Barrow man who shot girlfriend in stomach

AN air rifle-wielding Barrow man who shot his ex-girlfriend in the stomach has been jailed for 16 months.

David John Forrester, of Steamer Street, was sentenced to 16 months in jail at Preston Crown Court on Thursday.

Forrester, 23, had shot Terri Reid, who was his girlfriend at the time, in the stomach with an air rifle on November 4 2012.

At an earlier appearance Forrester claimed the weapon was discharged during a struggle, while he was behind his solid front door.

Preston Crown Court was told someone else had gone round to his flat uninvited, thinking he was there with another woman.

Forrester pleaded guilty on the basis his actions had been reckless.

He claimed someone had been pulling on the firearm, on the other side of his front door – and that had made him discharge a pellet.

On the evening of the offence Forrester was with Ms Reid and another person in a 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 Ms Reid had believed Forrester was in there with a female.

A window was broken, apparently by the person who was with Ms Reid.

The defendant came out of his flat and a confrontation took place with the male, suggested Forrester’s defence counsel, Richard Hunt.

That person failed to leave and an assault allegedly continued on his home, with his door kicked.

The court heard how Forrester then stuck the air rifle out of the letterbox before it went off.

Ms Reid had the pellet removed at hospital.

Prosecutors told the court they were unable to prove any of Forrester’s claims were false.

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

Forrester also pleaded guilty to a breach of bail.

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

Forrester was sentenced to 16 months in jail for unlawful wounding.

He was sentenced to one day in jail for breach of bail and was also ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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