A MAN who pointed a gun at his elderly parents and fired a live round inside their home has been jailed for five years.
Brian John Capstick first visited friends in South Cumbria on December 13, making concerning comments and expressing anger towards his mother Susan, father James and brothers after rows over money and land.
Capstick, 49, then travelled to his parents’ farm in nearby Bootle, arriving as they were getting ready for bed.
After airing a grievance, civil engineer Capstick drew a Second World War pistol from his rucksack. Urging his dad not to call police, he pointed the gun towards an adjacent living room and fired a live bullet which passed through a display unit and into a wall.
Carlisle Crown Court heard Capstick then pointed the pistol at his mother and then trained it on his father while claiming he had been “diddled” out of money before putting the gun into a rucksack and leaving.
Gerard Rogerson, prosecuting, said: “James Capstick described how, after their son left, they locked the doors and sat in darkness to protect themselves and they were worried that their son was “not safe like that with a gun”. Neither he nor his wife showed fear but both were concerned for their son in view of historical poor mental health.
Police launched a countywide manhunt for Capstick after the incident and found him the following day. He later led officers to packages he‘d stashed in woodland which contained an Enfield No 2 MK1 pattern .38 inch revolver and a modified Noris Twi-Nine double-barrelled Derringer pistol.
He later admitted illegal possession of the prohibited weapons – which he’d discovered in late 2018 while renovating of his home – and compatible ammunition also recovered.
Capstick, previously of Newfield House, Ecclefechan, was due to have been detained in an English hospital for mental health treatment having suffered from an acute depressive episode at the time.
But a doctor had since concluded he was “progressing well” in prison and didn’t support such an order.
Judge Nicholas Barker heard of father-of-six Capstick’s previous good character and read supportive references but concluded that a minimum five-year jail term should be imposed.