Exmouth man kept arsenal of weapons at his home

PUBLISHED: 14:15 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 14:15 08 September 2016

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

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

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A judge has ordered a psychiatric report on a man who kept an arsenal of real and imitation weapons at his Exmouth home.

Nicholas Richart was found with 29 weapons, including fake machine guns and a crossbow, after he was arrested for carrying a imitation revolver.

Richart, 55, of Elm Road, admitted possessing an imitation firearm with the intention of putting Leon Gordge in fear of violence.

Sitting at Exeter Crown Court, Recorder Mr Timothy Rose adjourned sentence for eight weeks and ordered a psychiatric and a probation pre-sentence report.

Richart appeared by video link from Exeter Prison and was remanded in custody.

Mr Tom Bradnock, defending, said his client had a 25-year history of mental illness and a suspected diagnosis of borderline schizophrenia or a personality disorder. He said these offences happened after Richart lost the support of a psychiatric nurse through no fault of his own.

The judge ordered the prosecution to supply a full inventory of the weapons seized from Richart’s home, together with explanations as to whether they were imitations or toys.

He said: “The photographs appear to show something which looks like a machine gun, although it may be a replica or a toy. It would be helpful to know the derivation of some of these items and whether they can be purchased commercially.”

Miss Janice Eagles, prosecuting, said Richart has a previous conviction dating from 2011 for possession of a Samurai sword.

She said: “The police discovered 29 weapons. It is quite a worrying arsenal including imitation firearms and a crossbow and other items. The report is not specific about the firearms, but they have not given rise to further charges.”

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