December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
A man arrested after an Ipswich armed siege has admitted possessing a firearm and ammunition.
Steven Frost was involved in a stand-off in Parnell Road lasting for several hours on Saturday afternoon after calling police to tell them he had a gun and wanted to hand it over.
The 44-year-old, who lives with is sister in Parnell Road, has now had his case committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing.
Yesterday prosecutor Naomi Turner told South East Suffolk Magistrates Court: “This a very serious matter and ended in what can only be described as a siege. The defendant had effectively barricaded himself in his house with a loaded firearm and with access to additional live ammunition.”
Magistrates were told the stand-off lasted several hours, before Frost finally came out of the house.
In his possession had been a Brocock revolver which had been modified. It contained six .38 SPL Winchester rounds. Three other bullets were also found beside the gun.
The court heard when police knocked at the door of the house Frost’s family did not realise why the officer was there.
By that time Frost had barricaded himself into his upstairs front bedroom using a wardrobe and weights to block the door.
The police officer shouted up to Frost from outside, but he refused to come out. Telephone contact was established and at around 5.10pm Frost agreed to come out on to the stairs without anything in his hand.
However, magistrates were told when he appeared at the top of the stairs he was holding the black revolver.
Frost was told to put the gun down and move away. He refused and after around 10 minutes went out of sight.
Frost told police he was being threatened by criminals from the north of the country, including a corrupt barrister, as he had helped them to launder money.
He claimed to have been given the gun by someone connected to a magistrate.
Frost eventually came out of the house and was arrested.
The court was told he had lived with his sister and her family since June 2011 after splitting up with a girlfriend.
During his police interview Frost denied threatening to shoot himself or causing anybody else harm. He said he was going to give the gun to officers, but things got out of hand.
When Frost appeared in court he had a white dressing on his left wrist.
Mrs Turner said: “There are clearly concerns about his mental state. The defendant has made a serious attempt to take his life while in custody. We have a man who would appear to be extremely desperate.”
Magistrates heard Frost had been previously convicted in the 1990s for possessing a prohibited weapon.
He was remanded in custody until sentencing at a later date.