Shotgun 'fear' charge dropped

An Exmouth man who admitted possessing a shotgun without authority has learned the Crown will not seek to try him on a charge of possessing the weapon with intent to cause fear of violence to his wife. At Exeter Crown Court 59-year-old Michael Densham ple

An Exmouth man who admitted possessing a shotgun without authority has learned the Crown will not seek to try him on a charge of possessing the weapon with intent to cause fear of violence to his wife.At Exeter Crown Court 59-year-old Michael Densham pleaded not guilty to possessing the single barrelled shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence to Linda Densham on December 27, last year.He admitted possessing the nine millimetre bolt action shotgun without authority.Prosecutor Howard Phillips said the Crown was satisfied, in view of the fact that Mrs Densham was refusing to help the police, that the possession charge without authority was sufficient.He said Densham had been married for 27 years and had worked for BT for 29 years. He was suffering from depression and had signed off work. He found the Christmas period stressful and had got out an old gun for which he did not have a certificate.Defence counsel Richard Crabb said Densham had no previous convictions and his wife had never made a statement about what happened. She was desperate to have Densham back with her.Judge Jeremy Griggs ordered a pre-sentence report on Densham, of Barrowdale Close, Exmouth, and imposed a 12 hours a night curfew from 7.00pm to 7.00am. He also banned Densham from entering pubs or off-licences.Sentence will take place in four weeks.


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