Man facing jail after admitting to firing airgun at his neighbour's car

A judge warned a man who shot at a neighbour's car that he faces a prison sentence.

Thursday, 18th January 2018, 5:00 am
Updated Thursday, 18th January 2018, 12:15 pm
Teesside Crown Court.

The judge told Martin Weatherill, 36, that it was the most likely outcome for a firearms offence.

Weatherill admitted possessing an air rifle with intent to cause fear of violence and criminal damage on September 6 when he appeared at Teesside Crown Court for a plea and directions hearing.

He was released on extended bail until February 12 for sentence with a condition that he does not enter Hartley Close, Hartlepool, where the victim lives.

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Martin Scarborough, defending, said that Weatherill had since moved away from the area.

He said that Weatherill realised that there was a problem, and that he had been receiving help from the mental health charity MIND.

Judge Howard Crowson told Weatherill, of Braemar Road, Hartlepool: “I want to know what has been going on since you went to MIND, what sort of help they have been giving you.

“The most likely outcome for a firearms offence is a prison sentence.”