A Norfolk landlord has been jailed for firing a shotgun in the air and telling his tenants they had just five minutes to leave.
64 year old Landlord, Marcus Strong, flew into a rage and fired his 12 bore shotgun into the air as a warning to his tenants to leave without further notice.
Norwich Crown Court heard that Strong had approached his tenants, a couple both in their 60s, who were renting a mobile home in the grounds of his home in Gunthorpe Lane, Briningham, Melton Constable.
According to the Eastern Daily Press prosecutor Chris Youell, said that the couple were told by Strong that they had just five minutes to get out. He said the woman phoned 999 on her mobile and told police “Please help us.”
Strong was said to have assaulted her husband and when she tried to intervene Strong grabbed her round the neck and tried to take her mobile phone.
In the scuffle that followed, the woman suffered a cut to her lip and Strong then broke her mobile phone in half.
When the police arrived Strong was arrested and the shotgun, which had been legally held by Strong, was seized.
Jailing Strong for eight months, Judge Anthony Bate accepted that Strong was full of remorse and had acted in a “wholly uncharacteristic” way. But his actions had caused his tenants “consternation and fear”.
The judge said that his firearm’s licence had been revoked, and told Strong: ”You will never be in a position to hold a licence for a shotgun.”
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— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) September 8, 2016