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Man who pointed gun at couple in parking space row sentenced

Andrew Colvin Image copyright Alan Richardson
Image caption Andrew Colvin's actions resulted in a full firearms incident attended by armed police officers

A Dundee man who pointed a gun at an "extremely frightened" couple after a row over a parking space has been given a community sentence.

Andrew Colvin aimed the 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, was sentenced to an eight-month restriction of liberty order.

At a previous hearing, 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.

'Screaming and gesticulating'

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.

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."

'Lost his temper'

Colvin 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.

Anne Duffy, defending, said: "The altercation took place and he lost his temper and went upstairs to get the gun.

"This would appear to be an isolated incident that was exacerbated at the time.

"I would ask in all the circumstances in this case that your lordship can impose a direct alternative to custody, which is a restriction of liberty order."

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael told Colvin: "This is a serious offence.

"It involved pointing an air weapon at two people in public.

"The gun was not loaded and no ammunition was found, but they would not have known that."

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