Exmouth man tried to take imitation handgun into nightclub to scare someone over £50 debt, court told

PUBLISHED: 17:52 16 January 2018

Exeter magistrates court.

Exeter magistrates court.

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Christopher Jackson, 23, of Staple Mews, was caught with a Glock pistol-styled BB gun by door staff outside Fever and Boutique Nightclub, magistrates told.

An Exmouth man who took a fake gun to a nightclub over a £50 drink debt received a suspended jail sentence at Exeter Magistrates’ Court.

Christopher Jackson, 23, of Staple Mews, Exmouth, pleaded guilty to possession of an imitation firearm in a public place.

The court heard how Jackson was caught with a Glock pistol-styled BB gun by door staff outside Fever and Boutique Nightclub, in The Parade, Exmouth, on December 27 last year.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard how Jackson had intended to bring the imitation gun into the club to scare someone who had taken money from him to get a round of drinks, but never returned.

Defending, Peter Woodley said Jackson was ashamed about the incident, had never been arrested before and has not displayed any previous ‘antisocial attitude’.

Chair of the magistrates’ bench Gloria Williams told Jackson: “We have heard that you are very ashamed of what you did that night and hopefully you have realised how incredibly foolish it was and potentially dangerous.

“If you had pulled that out in a nightclub, the potential for harm could have been very, very high.”

Magistrates slapped Jackson with a 12-month jail sentence, suspended for one year, and ordered him to pay £200 in court costs.

The court heard how Jackson had been on a night out with friends to celebrate Boxing Day, had been drinking lager since 7.30pm and around three hours later headed home.

Later he was invited out to Fever and Boutique Nightclub and gave a ‘friend of a friend’ £50 to pay for a round of drinks, but the person never returned.

The court heard how Jackson went home, picked up an imitation Glock handgun and returned to the club.

He was stopped outside the venue in the early hours of the morning by door staff while police were called.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said police were called to the club at around 3am, where Jackson “immediately said he brought the weapon to scare someone who owed him £50. He said he had it for his own protection.”

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