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Man jailed for 'Dunblane massacre' threat against church congregation

High Court in Glasgow
Image caption James Lynn-Wilson represented himself at the High Court in Glasgow

A former Mormon who threatened to carry out a killing in a church "like the Dunblane massacre" has been jailed for 26 months.

James Lynn-Wilson said he would execute church elder Stephen Kerr after ordering the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to "hand him over."

He insisted if Mr Kerr was not "released" within 48 hours he would go into a church and kill a congregation.

The 44-year-old represented himself at the High Court in Glasgow.

A court heard previously that Lynn-Wilson called the church's security headquarters in the US and told them: "Next step is to be like the Dunblane massacre.

"Walk into the church and blow people's heads off.

"I am going to execute one of your church members."

He had previously admitted conduct which caused fear and alarm between February and March this year.

'Distress and disturbance'

Lynn-Wilson tried to withdraw his guilty plea, but this was rejected by judge Lady Carmichael.

The case was sent to the High Court after a sheriff considered the risk for imposing an Order for Lifelong Restriction could be met.

Lady Carmichael did not impose the order but told Lynn-Wilson his actions would have caused "distress" and "disturbance".

The court heard that there had been a history of animosity by Lynn-Wilson towards Mr Kerr.

This resulted in Lynn-Wilson being excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Earlier this year, he bombarded Mr Kerr with a phone calls at his home in Bridge of Allan, Stirlingshire making the threats.

Lynn-Wilson was the subject of a civil court order banning him from contacting members of the church.

He was also prevented from going into or being near church properties in Scotland.

Lynn-Wilson, of Denny, Stirlingshire, will also be subject to a 12-month supervised release order when he is freed from prison.

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