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WINE BAR GUNMAN: 'REMEMBER ME?' Thug pointed pistol in face of door staff.

Byline: JOHN SIDDLE

TERRIFIED bouncers feared for their lives when a man they threw out of a south Liverpool bar returned with a gun and said coldly "remember me?".

Keith Marlowe, 27, pointed the realistic-looking imitation firearm at door staff who ejected him from Yates's Wine Lodge, in Mossley Hill, after he had a bust-up with his ex-girlfriend Ashley Lloyd.

Both of them appeared yesterday at Liverpool crown court over the frightening incident on January 29 this year.

The court heard how Marlowe was forced to leave the busy Allerton Road bar after confronting Lloyd who was on her first night out since giving birth.

After threatening to shoot the door staff, Marlowe, of Cooperage Close, Toxteth, returned more than two hours later with the weapon and a 9mm bullet.

He was jailed for 30 months after admitting possessing an imitation firearm and live ammunition. The weapon was never recovered by police.

Judge Robert Warnock said: "You returned with an imitation pistol, pointed it at members of staff and said 'remember me?' "The witnesses thought a silencer was attached - not surprisingly they were terrified.

"This was a realistic imitation firearm. The pistol was used in a way to make the door staff think that it was real.

"You said [having the 9mm cartridge] was so you could show off to your friends.

"No-one with any sense whatsoever needs reminding there's nothing to show off about being in possession of live ammunition."

The court heard how Lloyd perverted the course of justice by lying to police her ex-boyfriend was the man they were hunting for.

The 20-year-old, of Dingle Lane in Toxteth, eventually told police she had lied.

Andrew Alty, defending Marlowe who has a criminal record of 15 convictions spanning 28 offences, said: "He didn't intend to hurt anybody. He didn't intend to use the imitation firearm in any way other than to momentarily produce it before running off like a coward into the night."

Louise McCloskey, defend ing Lloyd, said her client had panicked when approached by police over the incident.

She said: "This was not a deliberate attempt to manipulate out of misguided love for Mr Marlowe.

"She is genuinely remorseful and ashamed that she behaved as she did."

She was given a 10-month sentence, suspended for two years.

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ARMED RESPONSE: Police converged on Yates's Wine Lodge on Allerton Road in January. Right, gunman Keith Marlowe
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