Exmouth man jailed for threats with fake gun

PUBLISHED: 13:23 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:28 30 December 2016

Nicholas Richart

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A deaf man from Exmouth has been jailed for threatening his pregnant neighbour at gunpoint - after she complained about his noisy TV.

Exeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown courtExeter Crown Court. Picture by Alex Walton. Ref exeter crown court

Nicholas Richart also pointed the fake pistol at her partner who feared he would be shot dead.

Richart, 55, of Elm Road, was jailed for two years at Exeter Crown Court.

Armed police found an arsenal of 29 weapons under his bed at his home, including fake guns and rifles, crossbows, knives and daggers. The judge, Recorder Phillip Mott QC, said Richart was ‘obsessed with weapons’ – although the 29 were not illegally held but illegally used.

The court heard Richart had serious previous convictions after sending an ex-partner a bullet with her name inscribed on it, for which he was jailed for five years.

Richart admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Recorder Mott told Richart the gun incident was ‘triggered by a minor argument over the volume of your TV’.

He said Richart’s poor level of hearing caused him to have his TV sound up higher than usual.

As a result of their complaint, Richart armed himself with the fake gun and confronted his pregnant neighbour Chloe Marks and then later her partner Leon Gordge.

The judge said Mr Gordge was ‘terrified’ and ran away as pistol-toting Richart shouted: “I will finish you.”

The court heard the neighbours had since moved away from Exmouth, and Mr Gordge said: “I felt I was going to die by being shot in the back over a minor noise dispute.”

Richart was also given a restraining order banning him from contact with his victims.

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