Drinking session ends with an airgun attack

A DRUNKEN man who admitted opening fire at a neighbour's window has been warned he could face a prison sentence. William Kay fetched his 22-calibre air rifle from his home in Lonsdale Avenue on Weston's Bournville estate on September 22 and shot at Angela

A DRUNKEN man who admitted opening fire at a neighbour's window has been warned he could face a prison sentence.William Kay fetched his 22-calibre air rifle from his home in Lonsdale Avenue on Weston's Bournville estate on September 22 and shot at Angela Chandler's property.The 59-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of possessing an air weapon and criminal damage when he appeared at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on Monday.Kevin Blackmore, prosecuting, said: "A call was made to police from the victim stating that her neighbour, Mr Kay, had walked through her front door with his wife and she believed they were both drunk."Mr Kay returned to his home address and later returned with an air rifle and is believed to have fired a shot at a wall."He then shot at the victim's window and caused it to smash."When the police turned up Mr Kay was at his home address and the air rifle was next to him. In an interview Mr Kay said he couldn't remember what had happened but had drunk some vodka beforehand."He said he had been in his garden when he had fired the shot. But he said he had been unaware he had broken the window until the police turned up."Kay, who was defending himself and appeared in court dressed in a beige zip-up top, white T-shirt and black trousers, said: "We have had problems with kids from across the road for two years. They have been standing on our flowers and kicking the car."I also hadn't been paid for six weeks and things got on top of me. I am very, very, very sorry. I have never been in trouble before and I was under the influence of alcohol."Chairman of the bench, Anna Blackmore, told Kay he needed to return to North Somerset Courthouse on October 26 for a pre-sentence report.She warned him that a custodial sentence could be an option and he was released on conditional bail.


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