Son lay in wait at father's home with a gun

A 36-YEAR-OLD man who lay in wait armed with an air rifle for his father and stepmother to return home has been told to expect a prison sentence. Christopher Wall, who is currently staying at a hostel in Bristol, waited with the gun at the couple's flat i

A 36-YEAR-OLD man who lay in wait armed with an air rifle for his father and stepmother to return home has been told to expect a prison sentence.Christopher Wall, who is currently staying at a hostel in Bristol, waited with the gun at the couple's flat in Quantock Road, Weston, because he believed his father, Dennis, was having an affair with his former partner.Wall, who appeared before magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse in St Georges on May 11, pleaded guilty to charges of grievous bodily harm, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and two charges of criminal damage.Claire Williams, prosecuting, described how Wall's brother showed him a picture of his dad and his former partner kissing. Wall's sister then saw him take his father's firearm and on March 24 this year he waited for Dennis and stepmum Rosemary, to return home. Claire Williams said in the struggle that followed he attacked his father and former partner, and left his stepmother with a broken nose, two black eyes and a broken leg. Wall then broke an LG mobile phone and a silver Nokia phone so nobody could call the police. The air rifle was later found in a neighbour's garden.Bench chairman Nasor Ali told Wall: "Given the violent nature of the offences, you should be committed to a much longer prison sentence than we have powers for."Wall will appear at Bristol Crown Court on June 1 for sentencing.Kieran Hughes defending made no objections to the proposal. Wall will remain on conditional bail until he is sentenced.


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