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7ft 2in giant is too tall for jail; Judge hears thug can't fit in bed and frees him.

Byline: RICHARD SMITH

A GIANT who terrorised a woman by firing a gun through her window has been spared jail because he is too big for the beds.

Jude Medcalf, 23, who is 7ft 2in tall, went on a crime spree after being diagnosed with Klinefelter syndrome, a rare disorder which means he is still growing.

Judge Adam Vaitilingam QC took pity on Medcalf after hearing he could not fit in the beds or prison clothing and was attacked twice during the 75 days he spent on remand.

His lawyer William Parkhill said: "He had a black eye the last time he came to court."

Medcalf shot a ball-bearing gun at a girlfriend's window when she called police to report him attacking a pal's car, Exeter crown court heard, Brian Fitzherbert, prosecuting, said she did not know whether the gun was real and feared for her life. Medcalf then went on to steal Christmas gifts and tea money from an office and was caught with food stolen from a pub.

Medcalf, of Newton Abbot, Devon, ad-mitted possessing a bladed article and imitation firearm, criminal damage and burglary last year. He was then held on remand awaiting sentencing.

Mr Parkhill said other prisoners saw him as "a target because he is big enough to be seen as someone who it is impressive to assault but immature enough that he cannot deal with it".

The court heard his chromosome disorder, diagnosed last year, made him immature.

Mr Recorder Vaitilingam QC said he had been tempted to pass a lengthy jail sentence but accepted Medcalf "had a lot of difficulty in life".

richard.smith@mirror.co.uk

He looks impressive enough to assault but he is very immature WILLIAM PARKHILL medcalf's lawyer

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