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Prison term for man who pointed imitation firearm at police officer

PUBLISHED: 12:10 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 12:10 15 March 2016

Ipswich Crown Court.

Ipswich Crown Court.

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A “hermit” who pointed an imitation handgun at a police officer who went to his home to check on him after he threatened to kill himself has been jailed for a year.

When officers arrived at Simon Bourdon’s home he refused to open the front door and when they threatened to force their way in he stood up and pointed a gun at one of the officers who was standing outside a window, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

The officer shouted: “Run. Gun” to his colleague and they ran for cover behind some bushes, said Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.

“He feared the defendant was going to pull the trigger and turned and moved away from the window,” he said.

Bourdon was eventually arrested after another officer spoke to Bourdon on his mobile phone and the officer was allowed into the premises.

“It was in a bit of a state and the officer saw a half drunk glass of wine and bottles on the floor,” said Mr Sorel-Cameron.

The imitation handgun, which could be used to fire pellets, was found under a chair and there was a knife in a sheath on a table.

Bourdon, 53, of Main Road, Woolverstone, admitted possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence on October 23.

Mr Sorel-Cameron said two police officers went to Bourdon’s home at 9.40pm to check in his welfare after being told by his support worker he was threatening to kill himself.

Roger Thomson, for Bourdon, said his client was remorseful, embarrassed and apologetic for what he had done.

He said Bourdon had on-going mental health issues and at the time was living like a hermit with limited contact with other people.

Mr Thomson said the incident involving the attendance of police officers at his home was “a cry for help”.

4 comments

  • mr_tall, we have to go by the information available to us. Judging by the account here, the man was clearly very ill hence the suicide threats. He shouldn't have pointed the gun at the copper but he was obviously not in a sound state of mind. There is provision within the prison system for dealing with mentally disordered offenders, and that's what this guy needs. A standard prison term won't help anyone. Only a week or two ago a motorist avoided a jail term despite crashing into a tractor and causing life-changing injuries. The justice system is indeed inconsistent.

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    Suffolk Exile

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • An individual who is clearly a loner and has mental health issues was having a torrid time by the sounds of it wouldn't let anyone in and as he was distressed so he rather stupidly pointed a toy at a copper and got a year in prison for it. Fake suicide attemptsthreats are often a cry for help so wouldn't it be more sensible to get treatment and make the bloke attend some awareness course with the police and as punishment handed over to the probation service for the year so he can be monitored. It would be much more effective both in costs and rehabilitation then 6 months inside HMP NorwichPeterborough. If this happened in public or was pointed at a random member of the public from his home then yes I would agree with a prison term. What an inconsistent justic system we have!

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    mr_tall

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • The police really do need more specialist training in dealing with people with mental health conditions.They go in like a bull in a china shop instead of treading delicately.

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    Mary Mary

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • good to see the police of today running for safety from a man with a gun , safety first and all that . But really , hiding behind a bush, was it a bullet proof ?

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    JDM

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

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