Drunk man who walked near two Stansted schools with air rifle is fined

PUBLISHED: 14:07 23 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:07 23 May 2017

Colchester Magistrates' Court. Picture: SU ANDERSON

Colchester Magistrates' Court. Picture: SU ANDERSON

A man who wandered near two Essex schools with an air rifle while drunk prompting numerous phone calls to the police has been fined.

David Lincoln, 35, had consumed one-quarter of a bottle of vodka and four beers when he decided to walk to woods and shoot at targets with his air rifle.

Lincoln, of Manor Road, Stansted, headed down Church Road towards Forest Hall secondary school and Reeve Road, close to St Mary’s Primary School, with the two foot six inch-long air rifle not in a case, Colchester Magistrates’ Court heard today, May 23.

Emma Howson, prosecuting, said police received “a number” of reports from the public about a man walking towards the school with an air rifle, who appeared to be drunk and was carrying a can of Jack Daniels.

He did not have any pellets on him, with Lincoln telling police he intended to ask for some when he got to the woodland.

During interview he said he did not mean to scare anyone, and had no intention of hurting anyone.

Lincoln admitted possessing an air weapon in a public place.

He told magistrates he was not thinking straight at the time, and the court heard he had suffered with mental health problems on and off for ten years.

Lincoln was fined £120, ordered to pay £115 in costs, and magistrates also ordered that the weapon be destroyed.

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