Neighbour shot my pet geese

Published date: 03 December 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A MAN who was arrested by armed police for wielding a shotgun around a Shropshire village has admitted killing two geese and causing a councillor to fear for his safety.
Paul Carruthers, 43, of Trefonen, near Oswestry, pleaded guilty at Shrewsbury Crown Court to charges of being in possession of a shotgun on May 3 with the intention of causing Shropshire councillor Vincent Hunt to fear he was in danger of unlawful violence
He also admitted three charges of damaging or destroying property on May 2. This involved killing two geese belonging to Mr Hunt, damaging a garden shed and an ornamental porcelain goose belonging to Peter Long and damaging a garage, plant pots and a wooden gate belonging to John Baker.
At court on Monday, November 25, Judge Robin Onions adjourned sentence until January and ordered psychiatric reports.
Carruthers was told he faced prison or being made subject to a hospital order under the Mental Health Act. He has been remanded in custody.
He denied a further charge of being in possession of a shotgun on May 3, causing Howard Long to fear he was in danger of unlawful violence. The prosecution said it did not intend to seek a trial for that charge but it will remain on the file.


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