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Lighter gun threat man gets prison; W'TON: Drunk tormented youths with fake gun.

Byline: By Ron Warrilow

A MAN who threatened to shoot a group of teenagers with a gunshaped cigarette lighter has been has been jailed for 16 months.

Judge Mark Eades told 47-year-old Anthony Sharratt from Walsall he had put the group in "real fear" when he produced what they thought was a real pistol.

"It is perfectly clear you put the fear of God into them and they were really frightened," he said at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

"This was not a jape by a teenager. You are a mature man and you picked on this group of young people, you produced the gun and you made threats," the judge added.

Sharratt, of High Street, Walsall Wood admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Mr Jas Mann, prosecuting, said Sharratt told one teenager, "I'm going to shoot you" while he pointed the weapon at another and claimed, "I am going to shoot you in the head."

A 17-year-old girl with the group bravely knocked his arm towards the floor, said Mr. Mann just before Sharratt was arrested by police called to Wolverhampton Bus Station.

Mr Nigel Hall, defending, said Sharratt, who had an alcohol problem, was very drunk at the time and he could remember little of the incident.

He said: "He recognises the potential harm he caused to his victims and he is mortified by his stupidity.

"He has owned the gunshaped cigarette lighter for some years.

"He accepts these people thought it was a real gun and that they were very scared."
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Date:Aug 24, 2006
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