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Cleator Moor householder jailed for shooting abusive unwanted visitor

Kai Nolan

[A] MAN who shot and wounded an uninvited and threatening late night visitor to his family home has been jailed.

Kai Nolan, 30, fired an air rifle twice after James Todd and another male repeatedly banged on the door of his Cleator Moor address at 1-20am on January 2. After Nolan told the drunken pair to leave his property – which was also occupied by his partner and child – threats were made to burn it down.

Pictured with the air rifle after today’s hearing at Carlisle Crown Court is PC Mark Rowlands, of Cumbria Police

Believing the men were trying to enter, Nolan discharged the air rifle from an upstairs window, Carlisle Crown Court heard. Mr Todd was shot twice in the chest and later had to remove one pellet he found buried under his skin.

The victim spoke of a “terrifying” experience and fearing for his life, although refused to come to court and support his initial account of the incident.

The air rifle

Nolan was jailed for eight months today (WED). He had admitted possessing a firearm – an unmodified S410 air rifle -with intent to cause Mr Todd fear of violence; and assaulting Mr Todd by beating.

Nolan, of Montreal Close, Cleator Moor, was described as being “truly sorry” for the crime, and stated he had learned “valuable lessons”.

Recorder Ciaran Rankin ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the firearm, which needed a licence due to its discharge capabilities.

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