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Man pointed gun at couple in row over parking space

Andrew Colvin Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption A court heard Andrew Colvin's actions sparked a full police firearms incident

A Dundee man pointed a gun at an "extremely frightened" couple after a row over a parking space, a court has heard.

Andrew Colvin aimed the "powerful" air rifle at Jaye Hudson and Alexander McGowan after Ms Hudson parked in his private space.

Dundee Sheriff Court was told a full firearms incident attended by armed police officers was declared as a result.

Colvin, 49, will be sentenced in June.

Depute fiscal Eilidh Robertson told the court that Colvin's flat overlooked a private car park where he owned a space.

Ms Hudson and her partner Mr McGowan had driven towards a nearby Boots pharmacy but, as there were no spaces outside, she parked in Colvin's space.

'Upset and frightened'

Ms Robertson said Colvin approached Ms Hudson, telling her he paid for the space, and she said she would move her vehicle.

Colvin continued to shout at her from his balcony, telling her to move her car.

Ms Robertson said: "Mr McGowan emerged from the chemist at this time and could see the accused on his balcony screaming and gesticulating towards Miss Hudson.

"Miss Hudson told Mr McGowan what had happened and he could tell she was upset and frightened."

The court was told that as the couple got ready to leave, they saw Colvin at a window holding an air rifle and pointing it towards Ms Hudson and her vehicle.

Trained firearms units

The fiscal said: "He was waving the gun about and the witnesses formed the impression he was doing this to intimidate them.

"The witnesses were extremely frightened and felt threatened, and called the police.

"Due to the nature of the allegation, a full firearms incident was declared, which resulted in several trained firearms units attending the locus."

The court was told that officers recovered the rifle from behind a water tank.

It was in full working order and sufficiently powerful to constitute a firearm under the Firearms Act.

However, it was exempt from a Firearms Certificate and could be freely owned.

The court was told that the weapon was not loaded and no ammunition was recovered from Colvin's flat.

Colvin, 49, of Albert Street, Dundee, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner by shouting, swearing and pointing a gun at Jaye Hudson and Alexander McGowan from a window at Whalers Close on 13 May last year.

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until 6 June for reports and a restriction of liberty order assessment.

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